A small portion of concrete close to a Metro pillar (no.441) came crashing down near Tagore Garden Metro station on Thursday afternoon, creating widespread panic.
The incident also led to rumours of a Metro pillar collapsing, which triggered fright among Metro commuters. Many of them were seen rushing out of the Tagore Garden station.
However, Anuj Dayal, chief spokesperson of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), later clarified: “This piece fell due to ongoing maintenance activities. The drainage of the pier was being cleaned.” He maintained that there was no damage to any Metro pillar.
Dayal said as part of the cleaning process, the manhole on the pillar is opened and the central drain of the pier is unclogged and choking removed. This process takes place at night and takes 2-3 days to be completed.
According to DMRC officials, the work had only been partially done and some loose material, which had not been fully removed, fell during the day. “This material would have otherwise been removed in the subsequent nights,” said Dayal.
The incident had no effect on the Metro service on the Noida-Dwarka line, but it did affect traffic movement towards Rajouri Garden for nearly half an hour.
DMRC chief Mangu Singh has directed that a case of negligence be registered against the person in charge of supervising this work.