Monumental hurdle for Metro in South Delhi

#1 Oct 21st, 2004, 16:38
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Yet another example how the modern and the medieval are trying to coexist...The following piece was originally published in the HT

South Delhi is all set to witness a ‘clash of civilisations’.

The proposed route of the Metro in this historically-rich part of the city will pass several monuments. Conservationists fear this could affect these structures.

A few months ago, RITES conducted a joint inspection with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Central Secretariat-Vasant Kunj corridor that goes along Tughlaq Road, Aurobindo Marg and Mehrauli-Aurobindo Marg.

“The walls of some monuments may not be able to withstand the vibrations if the track or station is too close,” an expert said. Metro authorities have said all tracks are designed in such a way that the movement of trains do not affect nearby buildings. Given the need for better public transport, the ASI has not opposed the project but asked Rites to consider some important changes in its route plan as follows.
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please link to the article so we can read it. It will be much appreciated.
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I googled a few of the words from the post and found a cached page. Here's the entire article, for what it's worth:

South Delhi is all set to witness a ‘clash of civilisations’.

The proposed route of the Metro in this historically-rich part of the city will pass several monuments. Conservationists fear this could affect these structures.

A few months ago, RITES conducted a joint inspection with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Central Secretariat-Vasant Kunj corridor that goes along Tughlaq Road, Aurobindo Marg and Mehrauli-Aurobindo Marg.

“The walls of some monuments may not be able to withstand the vibrations if the track or station is too close,” an expert said. Metro authorities have said all* tracks are designed in such a way that the movement of trains do not affect nearby buildings. Given the need for better public transport, the ASI has not opposed the project but asked Rites to consider some important changes in its route plan as follows.

***No Metro station should be within the prohibited 100 metres periphery of a protected monument.*

***The elevated corridor from Yusuf Sarai to Ahimsa Sthal should be reconsidered. An underground section may be better there

***A distance-wise chart has been made of that shows the distance of the tracks sites from protected monuments. At some places, the track is as close as two metres from the Qila Rai Pithora Wall
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