Staff Reporter

Clearing operations at metro mishap site continue

Travel time has gone up sharply because of the traffic diversions

Acute water shortage as a pipeline passing through the area was also damaged

NEW DELHI: People staying in the areas surrounding the spot of Delhi Metro accident, which claimed six lives in Jamrudpur on Sunday, had no respite from traffic and water woes as the site-clearing operations continued on Monday.

“Since the site-clearing operations are on at the site the traffic movement slowed down in Sant Nagar, Greater Kailash ‘M’ Block, Nehru Place, Outer Ring Road and BRT corridor. But there were no reports of traffic jams. We have effected traffic diversions and deployed adequate staff for smooth flow of traffic. The situation will improve after one carriageway is cleared on Tuesday,” said a senior police officer.

Those going towards Nehru Place have been advised by the traffic police to take right turn at Central School Andrews Ganj on Hans Raj Road, pass through Greater Kailash Market ‘M’ Block, take left turn to reach Nehru Place-Sant Nagar crossing and then take right turn and follow the same route on their way back. The diversions will be in place till the debris is cleared.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson Anuj Dayal on Monday said that one of the carriageways would be opened to traffic on Tuesday afternoon and another carriageway would also be cleared in a week’s time.

Mayank Sharma, a shopkeeper, complained that his travel time has gone up sharply because of the mishap. “Usually it takes me less than 30 minutes to reach my shop on a normal day. I do not know how long will it take today. The traffic seems to be moving at a snail’s pace. With another accident at the same site today, it might take more than a week for the traffic situation to normalise.”

Apart from the slow traffic, the local residents had a tough time dealing with the acute shortage of water as a water pipeline passing through the area was also damaged in the accident on Sunday.

Ravi Chaudhary (25) of Jamrudpur village said: “The water supply in our village was snapped on Sunday morning. Going by the pace of work, the situation is not likely to improve in the next few days. We are forced to fetch water from nearby DDA parks and public toilets and buy water bottles for drinking. The situation is almost the same in neighouring Kailash Colony and Amar Colony.”

Erratic power supply in some of the areas further added to the woes of the residents. “It is very difficult to survive in this humid weather without electricity. I was hoping for the power and water supply to become normal soon, but with the second accident I have my doubts,” said Rajnikant Verma, a local resident.