By Claire Valdini
Homeowners awarded compensation after tests found cracks were caused by train vibrations
Seventeen home owners in Dubai have been granted a total of AED4.25m (US$1.1m) in compensation following damage caused by vibrations from Al Rashidiya Metro Depot.
Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) awarded each of the homeowners AED25,000 after conducting a series of tests which found several cracks in the houses were caused by vibrations of trains nearby, the RTA said.
Authorities in January recorded a noise level of 69.5 decibels in the area, just below the maximum 70.7 decibels permitted. The RTA said it had since banned the use of horns in the depot and plans to build sound barriers to protect affected homes.
The Al Rashidiya Metro Depot is located at the end of Dubai Metro’s Red Line.
Launched in 2009, the Dubai Metro was the first driverless network of its kind in the Middle East. The metro was originally designed to have six lines stretching across the city, but plans were scaled back in the wake of Dubai’s debt crisis, triggered in late 2008.
The Red Line, which carries around 190,000 passengers per day, was the first track to begin operations, running from Rashidiya Station to Jebel Ali Station.
A second line, the Green Line, was opened in September last year to service the older areas of the city such as Bur Dubai and Deira.
An RTA report in April claimed that property prices close to Dubai Metro stations have risen by up to 34 percent since 2009. Real estate in the vicinity of metro stations has seen a surge in demand in recent years as more residents seek lower cost, efficient transport options, the RTA claimed.
A joint study conducted by the RTA's Strategic Planning Department and the Dubai Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) said property had soared by more than a third in some areas.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.