NEW DELHI: In response to allegations that it was not carrying out rainwater harvesting at (RWH) its elevated stations, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation submitted an affidavit to the National Green Tribunal on Friday claiming that it was carrying out RWH at 63 of its 105 elevated stations. At stations where no RWH was being carried out, such structures were not feasible it claimed.
“Out of 105 elevated stations constructed up to Phase Il, RWH system has been installed on 63 stations. Since many of the stations are situated over main roads and congested areas, it was not possible to construct underground tank for storage of rain water,” said the affidavit. It added that some stations were close to the Yamuna where the water table in monsoon is less than 8 m. At such places no RWH has been done.
Petitioner Vikrant Kumar Tongad claims RWH is not installed at most places and at the places where it does exist, it is not maintained. “In an RTI response DMRC said ‘proper soak pit are provided in median of metro line from Shahdara to Dilshad Garden and Janakpuri West- Dwarka Sec-9.’ I visited the Sector 11 and Sector 14 Dwarka stations and found that RWH systems were not working. At other stations no rooftop RWH was in place,” said Tongad.