A simple query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and public interest litigation (PIL) in the court got them a metro station at their doorstep.
Residents of Mayur Kunj, New Ashok Nagar and Vasundhara Enclave in east Delhi are now awaiting the inauguration of a station in their area next week.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had initially planned the New Ashok Nagar station on the Yamuna Bank line, but cancelled it when the line was extended to Noida.
V.K. Agrawal, president of East End Apartment Cooperative Group Housing Society in Mayur Kunj, filed an RTI query in January 2007
asking for file noting leading to the decision.
“The file noting mentioned the presence of two huge water bodies, (thus) no population and problem in getting land for essential services,” said Agrawal, an employee of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
“We wrote to DMRC stating how the first two factors were not applicable,” he said.
As for the land availability, they fought for it too. “DMRC Managing Director E. Sreedharan visited the spot before reverting the decision.”
“We could have done away with the New Ashok Nagar Station as the Noida Sector 15 station would have catered to the need for siding (area for reversing the train at the last station),” DMRC chief spokesperson Anuj Dayal. “Owing to public demand, we decided to re-introduce the station on the line.”
In front of East End Apartment’s gate number two was a huge plot of land that belonged to the Delhi Development Authority, but which had been encroached upon.
Agrawal sought cooperation of the residents of housing societies in Mayur Kunj and Vasundhara Enclave and of New Ashok Nagar to get the land allotted to DMRC for construction of a station.
A PIL in Delhi High Court had already been filed by the residents of the area for removal of encroachment from the 10,000 sq metre plot.
“We helped allotment of this DDA land to DMRC with the high court's intervention,” he said. Dayal said DMRC became a part of the litigation and the case was decided in their favour.