New Delhi: Ongoing construction of the underground Metro line from Jahangirpuri to Bawana has greatly damaged many buildings in Model Town III. Due to vibrations, some buildings have tilted while massive cracks have developed in many others. Residents are worried that irreparable damage has been done, though DMRC has ruled out any structural damage.
Brotherhood Society is one of many gated communities in the locality. When construction began in March, residents here said, cracks started to appear on the buildings. When they took it up with DMRC officials, they promised to take care of the damages. The residents were moved to another location. But as of now, they allege, no relief measure has been initiated by the Metro authority.
As construction progressed, there were more complainants. Residents of two more buildings—C-3/1 and G-3/3—complained about cracks developing overnight in their houses.
Social worker Mohit Goyal, also a resident of this locality, alleged a hatchet job by DMRC. “The residents of the area are constantly living under a threat. DMRC should not ignore the matter and send their high-level officials to solve this. Even after residents complained about the cracks, Metro workers took no precautions.”
DMRC defended its work and shot back by saying that the locals didn’t co-operate when they asked to install gadgets in their homes to monitor the impact of construction. “The ground condition of that area in general is unpredictable and there’s loose soil in certain pockets. Though elaborate geo-technical investigations are carried out prior to the beginning of work and all possible precautions are taken, settlements (construction-related damages) of such nature can take place occasionally during the tunnelling process. The settlement could have been further mitigated and controlled in advance if some of the residents had permitted us to set up settlement monitoring equipment inside the houses. We could have controlled the situation immediately as soon as the settlement started. Nevertheless, DMRC is committed to ensure full protection of the structures which will be supervised by our engineers,” said Jitendra Tyagi, director (works), DMRC.
He added that there’s no structural damage to the buildings and repairs will be initiated immediately.
It’s been learnt that area MLA Akhilesh Tripathi is in talks with DMRC officials and has assured the residents of a positive outcome.
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