Lila Choudhury (76), a resident of E- 16A, DDA Flats, Munirka in south Delhi, was taking a walk outside the colony’s park when its wall collapsed.
“I was barely a metre away from the wall when it collapsed,” she said. “My grandson Dhruv was cycling nearby. By god’s grace, he escaped unhurt.”
The colony’s water pipes run under the park and there have been several cases of pipe bursts in the past.
“A water pipe burst on September 1 and when we lodged a complaint with the Delhi Jal Board, they took a stop gap arrangement the next day,” said Sukhdev Satpute, a resident of the colony.
But the quick fix measures did not work. On October 2, the park wall collapsed after a pipe burst due to the pressure of water at around 6 pm.
After the wall collapse, the residents once again lodged a complaint with the Delhi Jal Board, but with no results.
“Even after sending numerous mails and making calls, no one has visited the site till now. They are just not bothered,” said Shailendra Saxena, a resident of the colony. “It shows the administration’s apathy towards the problems.”
Councillor of Vasant Vihar and Chairperson, south zone, Kapila Gaur who stays in the same colony blamed it all on the Delhi Jal Board.
“What can I do? It is the Delhi Jal Board’s fault. It is Delhi government’s negligence,” Gaur said. “If it was under the MCD, I would have taken immediate measures. Now, it will cost the MCD Rs 2 lakh to repair the wall.”
The Delhi Jal Board spokesperson said she needed time to respond.
The park is also in bad shape because of lack of maintenance by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. “It’s a children’s park but with overgrown trees and mosquitoes one can hardly venture in there,” said Lila Choudhury.