New Delhi: Like any other corporate, Delhi
Metro will now have to compulsorily specify corporate social
responsibility (CSR) activities in its future projects before
seeking environment clearance.
This was decided at the State-level Expert Appraisal
Committee (SEAC) in a recent meeting where its members felt
that given the huge number of DMRC projects which also
included setting up residential complex, it should also be
asked to prepare CSR exercises.
So far, unlike other corporates, for the Delhi Metro CSR
activities had not been mandatory and whatever it had been
doing like planting trees, it had been purely on voluntary
"DMRC must formulate project specific CSR norms for
future projects like other corporates, and in the absence of
which the environment clearance may not be granted for future
projects," the SEAC headed by environmentalist C R Babu noted.
Babu said that unless they (Delhi Metro) put up CSR
activities their projects will not be cleared in near future.
The matter had come up for discussion at the meeting
during the issue of environmental clearance for rehabilitation
of shopkeepers displaced from Panchkuian Road from the Bhai
Veer Singh Marg.
The members noted that the land for rehabilitating
shopkeepers displaced during the construction of the Metro
line at Panchkuian Road was allotted by Union Urban Ministry
and NDMC while DMRC was to execute the housing project for
Giving clearance to the proposal, the members felt that
like any other corporations Delhi Metro should take up the CSR
activities by roping in NGOs and implement social projects as
it execute its own infrastructural proposals.
When contacted, DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal said, "We have
already been doing CSR voluntarily by planting trees, opening
homes for orphaned kids. Moreover, the entity is on its own
serving in the larger interest of the society by providing
fastest transport network."
Babu, however, felt that DMRC was no different from any
corporation and argued, "Even NTPC is doing public services.
But even it has to specify CSR activities before it can get
environment nod to its projects."