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.