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Asked to stay away from home, residents live in constant fear

It has been more than 24-hours since Ankit Kohli (10), a Zamrudpur resident, has been to his house. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has deemed his house unsafe till the time Metro clears the area, reports Karan Choudhury

delhi Updated: Jul 13, 2009 23:16 IST

It has been more than 24-hours since Ankit Kohli (10), a Zamrudpur resident, has been to his house.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has deemed his house unsafe till the time Metro clears the area.

“I am worried my computer will be damaged. I am praying the metro people here finish their work fast so that I can go back home soon,” he said.

As many as hundred people from the area, who were asked to evacuate immediately after the structural collapse on Monday, have faced a tough time for the last 36 hours.

While some have shifted to the relatives’ homes, others are sticking around afraid their houses may end up as the next victim.

“How can I leave my home?” said Vinod Kumar. “I saw the cranes falling on the shops. I fear my house might be next.”
He added that they spent the night at a friend’s house after it started raining.

Water scarce

Water is now a luxury in the area. With no Delhi Jal Board (DJB) tankers being allowed inside the vicinity of the area the residents are filling their buckets from a tap in a nearby park. Some even went to other areas early in the morning to fetch drinking water.

In what come as partial relief to residents in the area, electricity was resumed soon after the structural collapse on Sunday.

Traffic was diverted in different areas in South Delhi to keep motorists clear of the accident site.

Motorists going to Sant Nagar area from Zamrudpur were told to take a right turn at Central School Andrews Ganj on Hans Raj Road.

Traffic diversion will remain in place for almost a week.

DMRC officials said the road that leads to Nehru Place will be opened by Tuesday afternoon, while others have to wait for another six-seven days.