Concrete pieces fall off Metro pillars, traffic hit

Motorists, train passengers face hard time in west Delhi

Concrete pieces fall off Metro pillars, traffic hit

Motorists in west Delhi had a tough time while crossing the Tagore Garden Metro station on Thursday afternoon. Reason: some pieces of concrete fell on the road from the two pillars of the station, throwing the traffic out of gear.

Even the Metro commuters complained that the trains were running at a slow pace on the Dwarka-Noida City Centre/Vaishali corridor.

Just two days after the DMRC refuted the UN report which questioned the Metro’s safety standards, the mishap has laid bare its tall claims.

Traffic halted

The traffic had to be stopped to clear the broken slabs lying on top of the pillars.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, however, said there is no damage to any Metro
pillar.

Motorists said they felt jittery driving under the Tagore Garden Metro station.

“I saw some pieces lying in the middle of the road. And the maintenance work was goingon so I got cold feet crossing the station,” said Amrinder Singh, a west Delhi resident.

A DMRC spokesperson said, “A loose piece of waste material — lump of solid clay or poor concrete — fell today onto the median of road near pillar number 441 located at Tagore Garden Metro Station in the afternoon.”

“This piece fell down due to the ongoing maintenance activities for cleaning the drainage on the pillar as the rainwater is directed towards water harvesting and drainage pits,” he added.

 Metro commuters had to face a lot of incovenience as the frequency of trains on the blueline slowed down from noon till 2 pm.

Services affected

“The trains were coming after a gap of 8 to 10 minutes. And they were overcrowded. I had to leave a few Metros,” said Soniya Mehra, while boarding train from Kirti Nagar station.

Traffic was stopped many times for 10 to 15 minutes till the dangerous material lying loose on the pillar was removed.

“I had to wait for over half-an-hour to get out of the stretch,” said a businessman Rohan Kapoor.

“The concrete which fell from the pillar could have injured road users.”

Mangu Singh, managing director of the DMRC, has directed that the maintenance in-charge who supervises this work during the night should be chargesheeted and held accountable for the negligence.

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