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RTA to compensate 17 families whose homes are affected by Metro

At least five villas reported that their privacy was infringed by the Metro

  • By Mariam M. Al Serkal, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 July 17, 2012
  • Gulf News

A Dubai Metro train operates on the Red Line
  • Image Credit: Hadrian Hernandez/Gulf News Archives
  • A Dubai Metro train operates on the Red Line.The Roads and Transport Authority will compensate as many as 17 families affected by the vibrations and disturbance by the Metro station in Al Rashidiya with new houses, it was announced on Monday. Picture for illustrative purposes only

Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority will compensate as many as 17 families affected by the vibrations and disturbance by the Metro station in Al Rashidiya with new houses, it was announced on Monday.

Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), explained that a host of solutions and a number of compensation procedures were approved for residents living near the Metro depot station.

“The solutions for residents are based on a study that was carried out by a team of RTA officials, who recommended that residents living near the Al Rashidiya Metro station will receive monetary compensation,” said Al Tayer.

“To combat this problem, we will also build sound insulation in several homes to ensure the privacy of affected residents, in addition to constructing a cement barrier that will absorb the ground vibrations caused by the Metro,” explained Al Tayer.

According to the RTA survey, a number of houses near Al Rashidiya Park sustained cracks in their villas which was caused by a variety of factors, in addition to the vibrations.

“At least five villas reported that their privacy was infringed as passengers at the Rashidya depot station were able to easily look into their homes,” he added.

“During the construction of the Dubai Metro project, the RTA has set a clearly defined international standard of methodology for engineering, which has taken into consideration the admissible amount of vibrations or noise,” Al Tayer added.

In the middle of last January, authorities recorded 69.5 decibels, which is less than the permissible rate of 70.7 decibels.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 16:36 July 17, 2012

    great news! a heartful concern for their people no doubt that this is the safest country to live.! two THUMBS UP!!!

    emma, sharjah, Philippines

  2. Added 15:35 July 17, 2012

    Its really a great news. UAE has set an example of having a top brass so considerate and careing as far as the concerns of the comman man is concerned. This move is an example for the governments of other countries to follow. The betterment of the common should be on the priority list and concrete efforts should be put on to make things easier for the common man, who is the generally the backbone of the development in any country! Two thumbs up for RTA and all those who are concerned. Your move has really touched my heart....honestly!

    Ali Jawad Shah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:31 July 17, 2012

    Thats the reason 99% people of this country feels safe & secured in this country... Great decision by RTA..

    Mohammad Ziaul Haque, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  4. Added 11:10 July 17, 2012

    Really this is very such good by RTA doing and i am agree with kovindra rajan, it is very good good country ...

    Hardik, Dubai, India

  5. Added 10:22 July 17, 2012

    I disagree completely with Mr. Muttom Kovindra Rajan, readers comment. It's absolutely not true that no country in the world would offer such facility. other contries study it very well before starting construction even, and people affcted by noise, pollution or vibration would take legal action against the construction company or even the Government. Examples are: Frankfurt airport, Germany and the night flight issue and Stuttgart, Germany - the extension of the main train station. However, the decision of monetary compensation is a nice gesture!

    Claudia, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:49 July 17, 2012

    Having a metro station near your home is good, but having no metro station near your home is also good. Thank GN for the article

    Aziz Khan, Dibba, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 09:30 July 17, 2012

    this is the great thing when it come to satisfation of the people in the country.no country in the world offer such facility to its people.

    muttom Kovindra rajan, Muttom,Kanyakumari, India

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