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Delhi: construction site caves in after rain, residents panic

Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 30, 2013
First Published: 01:42 IST(30/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(30/9/2013)

A rainy Sunday spelt bad news for a part of Green Park in South Delhi when portions of a building construction site caved in, scaring residents of nearby houses. A tree too was damaged and fell at the spot.

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The incident, which took place at plot G-18 of Green Park main, saw around three-fourths of a service lane and with a storm water drain of the corporation being damaged due to the rain. Later in the evening, a gas line leak was also reported from the area.

The Capital on Sunday recorded 28.5mm of rainfall. While the maximum temperature came down to 31.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below the average for this time of the year, the minimum was 22.7 degrees Celsius. The maximum and minimum humidity was 87% and 70%, respectively.

According to Vinay Chand Parekh, a resident of an adjoining plot, the construction work has been going on for over a month. “Last Saturday, the sewage and water pipelines were damaged. Water supply to our house was affected. On Sunday, they were constructing a wall that collapsed and the water line again got disrupted. We have lodged an FIR,” Parekh said.

The civic body’s apathy added to the woes. “Initially, when water filled up, they didn’t even have a booster pump to remove it. They had to get it from another builder. I tried calling up the Municipal Corporation of Delhi office but no one picked up the phone,” the resident said. Water has been seeping in through the foundations of the adjoining buildings, the residents said.

“We are scared. Our building might tilt because of this irresponsible construction,” Parekh said.

Preeti Dinglay, a resident of G-17, said the rain water aggravated the problem. “We are under serious threat. After last week, this has happened again. While digging, they broke a gas pipeline, too,” she said.

An employee of the builder, who was at the site, blamed the corporation. “The storm water drain of the civic body has been affected. But no one is taking the call” he alleged.

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