Kochi Metro | KMRL seeks pollution report from DMRC

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Kochi: The Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) has sought an action taken report (ATR) from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on steps taken to check dust pollution during the construction of Metro rail.

KMRL officials said that they had received the letter from Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on measures that needs to be implemented to bring pollution under control. “We will take a call after we get the ATR. Based on that, we will decide if we need to do anything more,” KMRL spokesperson said.

Since the construction work is being executed by the central agency, they have taken measures to ensure that pollution levels are under control, the official said.

The agency will look into PCB’s suggestion to put up a digital monitoring system that will record the pollution level.

Meanwhile, DMRC officials said that small-scale piling was going on at Palarivattom and the SA Road stretch. “The wetting is being done at least three times a day on the entire stretch. Debris has been cleared in several stretches,” a DMRC official said.

The construction of sub-structure on the Aluva-MG Road stretch is almost over and the ongoing work does not result in much dust pollution. “DMRC is very conscious of its social responsibility and we are monitoring contractors who are familiar with our work culture,” he said.
The Metro work has now moved on to Vyttila stretch. “We will hand over the stretch till Palarivattom by August,” he added.

The respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) has risen on MG Road, Ernakulam south, Vyttila and Irumpanam over the last couple of years, as per data from four monitoring stations. Due to complaints from the general public, the KSPCB has asked Metro agencies to take steps to reduce dust pollution and clear construction debris.

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