RRTS Update: NCRTC intensifies on-going efforts to curb air pollution near construction sites

NCRTC, the agency implementing the RRTS project, has not always been following the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) religiously, but has also been taking over and above measures responsibly to curb the pollution caused by the construction work. However, considering the current worsening environmental situation of the Delhi-NCR, NCRTC has further intensified its efforts to deal with the situation.

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  • Anand Vihar is one of the major transport hubs of Delhi, with Anand Vihar Railway Station, Vir Haqiqat Rai ISBT, UPSRTC stand and two metro lines situated here. With multi-modal integration at its core, the Anand Vihar RRTS station site is also in close vicinity of the already existing transport modes.
  • Anand Vihar RRTS station is an underground station, where most of the construction is being conducted at least 25-30 feet below the ground level.

  • Keeping environmental concerns at the forefront since the beginning of the project, NCRTC has been using precast segments for construction. Pre-casting helps in the safe and fast execution of the works while ensuring good quality control, minimising inconvenience to the road users, local passers-by, business owners and residents along the entire stretch, and reduction in air pollution & noise pollution.
  • The Tunnel Segments being used for the construction of tunnels at Anand Vihar are being cast at NCRTC’s Casting Yard in a controlled environment with assured quality control. These are brought to the sites laden on the trailers during the night time to reduce the traffic problems and cause less public inconvenience.

  • The requirement for in-situ construction is minimum at this site. Moreover, the muck extracted from the tunnels is wet muck and the site is mostly wet. Hence, the chances of dust pollution at the site are minimal.
  • 10 such casting yards have been established on the entire 82 km long Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor and the same type of measures are being taken in each of them
  • Moreover, truck washing plants, sprinklers and anti-smoke guns have been installed at the RRTS construction sites. Anti-smog guns are being used frequently to control the dust and pollution caused by construction work and water is being sprinkled from water tankers at the construction site to prevent flying dust.

  • 20 such sprinklers and 6 anti-smog guns have been installed at the Anand Vihar Construction site at a certain height. Mobile vehicles for the water sprinkling have also been deployed at the site and their number will be increased in the future.
  • NCRTC also conducts mechanised/vacuum sweeping of roads near the construction sites for dust control and the frequency of it has been intensified.
  • Further, taking a proactive measure NCRTC has also constituted a Special Task Force comprising senior officials of NCRTC to monitor and supervise the implementation of the pollution control measures. 

  • The inception of RRTS could be found in the environmental crisis of the National Capital Region. Increasing pollution levels in the National Capital Region (NCR) have been a cause of concern for the past few years and the situation in recent times has become much more severe.
  • To present a solution to this problem, RRTS is a long-term strategic intervention by the Government of India and four state governments, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, for decongestion of the National Capital, reduce vehicular congestion and air pollution, and enable the balanced and sustainable development of the region.
  • Once operational, RRTS will act as a transportation backbone for the entire NCR. The first RRTS corridor alone is expected to reduce vehicular congestion with more than one lakh vehicles going off the roads and will help reduce air pollution with more than 2.5 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide in vehicular emissions coming down.

Source: NCRTC- Press Release | Images Credit: NCRTC

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