These eight projects include the Elevated Road proposed between LIC Bhawan and Sodala, Dravyawati River Project, Bassi and other railway over-bridges (ROBs) and railways underpasses etc.
The JDA, for the first time, is conducting such environmental test on its projects. Earlier, this exercise was started after the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) expressed requirement of this test before releasing the second instalment of the loan. “We have already started the test on elevated road. Experts from the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET) are also associated with JDA engineers. The JDA has taken Rs 1,663 crore loan from NCRPB, and following its direction, the test is being conducted,” said a senior JDA official.
The official added that a device would be installed to record sound and noise pollution along with global positioning system (GPS). Day-to-day readings will be mentioned in the report.
During the survey, experts will also study the socio-economic aspects after the completion of the projects. The proforma of the survey has already been prepared. An official said, “The data of the residents and affected house owners will be collected with details like their income, impact of project on their lives etc.”
Other than this, the teams will also check if there are provisions of proper solid waste management for labourers working at the sites. In January, the NCRPB had approved Rs 1,098 crore for revival of Dravyawati river and Rs 565 crore for seven ongoing railway overbridges (ROBs), including the ambitious elevated road project.
An official said that the environmental assessment test will be completed soon and the report will be sent on time so that the pace of the ongoing projects is not affected and the loan instalment is released without any delay.
“Many firms working on these projects claimed that there is a cost escalation after implementation of good and service (GST) tax. We would request NCRPB to release the second instalment on time to avoid delay,” said the official.
Source : timesofindia