नई दिल्ली New Delhi: After a short train trip from New Delhi railway station revealed piles of waste and encroachment along its property, the Railways is now all set to erect a wall along railway tracks.
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Railways to start erecting the wall wherever there is no encroachment and in the meantime, clear other sites of municipal waste and encroachment.
“The Railways shall start constructing wall of the kind as its technical experts decide at the periphery the land that is in possession of the Railways as of now except encroachments,” directed a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar.
“The area between the wall and the track shall be used as a green area and developed as such,” the Bench said.
It also directed the contractors engaged in cleaning and upkeep to show as to why they not be directed to pay Rs.5 lakh for their failure.
Railways’ counsel Om Prakash told the Bench that on January 23, officials from the Railways Delhi division, representatives from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, DUSIB, NDMC and DDA travelled on train from New Delhi railway station to Badli via Sadar Bazar, Subzi Mandi, Azadpur, Adarsh Nagar and Badli. The entire journey and the sites were video-graphed and the film was submitted in the NGT.
The Railways said the residents of JJ clusters are responsible for encroachments.
Mr. Prakash said encroachment on railway land and along the tracks is so grave that there are at least 30 run-overs every month.
He said the slum dwellers could be seen sitting on cots spread on the tracks because of which trains have to operate at speed as low as 10 km per hour.
He also said there have been instances of theft in passenger and goods trains and cases where railway crew has been injured and rolling damaged due to stone pelting and other unwanted activities of these dwellers.
Unauthorised slums were constructed on railway land between Sabzimandi and Badli station along the railway track. Similar was the case between Azadpur and Dayabasti and Vivekanandpuri Halt near Sarai Rohilla.
Mr. Prakash said Railways has already given Rs.11.25 crore to MCD for removal and relocation of jhuggies. The money was subsequently transferred to DUSIB.
Following JJ clusters situated on railway safety zones have been prioritised by the Urban Development of GNCTD – JJ cluster Shaheed Sukhdev Nagar, Wazir Pur; Sanjay Camp, Chanakyapuri; JJ cluster railway station, Daya Basti; Barapullah Nalah Bridge; JJ cluster Wazirpur Railway track and JJ cluster WHO building/ Anna Nagar.
Move aimed to keep tracks free of encroachment and municipal waste