This will be achieved via continuous improvement plans for all modes of transport including the Dubai Metro, trams, buses, taxis and marine transport, said a top official. Image Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News

Dubai: Hefty fine will be imposed on individuals and companies causing any damage to the Metro facilities including tracks or using the metro areas for any kind of activities without permission.

"A fine ranging from Dh200,000 to Dh500,000 can be issued to violators who illegally use the Metro right of way, do any construction work or use the Metro areas without permission or damage any of the Metro facilities," said Engineer Adnan Al Hammadi, Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rail Agency at the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

He said the Rail Agency has opened ‘Railway Right-of-Way Office' to monitor the Metro facilities and the track. "This office will be authorised to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to contractors who want to do any work within the Metro right-of-way," he said, adding that the new office would also be responsible for the protection of the Metro facilities.

He said anyone who wants to use the Metro right-of-way or other Metro-related facilities, should first take NOC from this office.

He said officials at the office would be responsible to monitor and protect the metro facilities and ensure safety of the Metro track.