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News Analysis

The DMRC will investigate the items mentioned in the challan and take up the issues with the contractors.

However, it may be pertinent to mention that, the challans received by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) pertains only to the issue of dust at the construction sites along with the wearing of masks by workers at the sites.

Regarding the same, we would like to mention that regular sprinkling of water is done at the sites to ensure that dust does not affect the air quality in the nearby areas. Cleanliness drives are conducted from time to time at all sites to ensure that no unnecessary material is left unattended inside the sites.

For any activity that emanates dust or smoke, such as drilling, welding etc, masks, custom made glasses etc are given to the workers apart from the mandatory protective equipments such as helmets, shoes, safety jackets, harness belts etc.

Maintenance of cleanliness and safety of our workers are DMRC’s priorities and all efforts are taken to keep the construction sites neat and clean. Delhi Metro will cooperate with the municipal authorities to every possible extent. However, the challan issued by SDMC did not specify on what parameters dust levels were measured and which equipments were used to check the same.

If such details are shared with DMRC, then we would be able to analyse the situation better and make the necessary rectifications, if required. DMRC takes a lot of pride in maintaining its construction sites as per global standards. Many pioneering construction site management measures such as barricaded sites, cleaning of truck tyres were started by DMRC before any other construction agency in India.

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