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Residents live in fear in Munirka

delhi Updated: Aug 15, 2010 23:49 IST
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Every time it rains, they fear for their lives. Munirka residents do not fear robbers or goons but a gargantuan pile of mud that is threatening to invade their homes. It has already crashed their vehicles, made getting out of their houses next to impossible and has now become a breeding ground for a number of diseases. The area that was earlier a picturesque mini ridge and was later torn down to be made into a 'rock garden' is now nothing but an ugly dump yard of construction material and mud.

What happened?

It is not the rains that brought destruction to this locality but sheer mismanagement and recklessness on part of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

On August 11, when rains hit the city, a part of the surrounding wall of the DA-Block of Munirka DDA flats crumbled and fell on five cars and two other vehicles.

The wall, which is more that nine-inches thick, was not able to withstand the sheer weight of the debris dumped there. The owners of the cars filed an FIR but till now no one has been held accountable.

This is not the first time the surrounding wall has collapsed.

"I was so shocked when I saw my car. It was completely crushed under the wall. What if I were inside the car?" said one of the owners, who did not want to be named.

MK Gaur, the president of RWA Munirka, said, "We are living in constant fear that someone might die in this monsoon season or because of some wall collapse. The 1,500 residents here cannot get out of their houses. Our cars are stuck in knee-deep water and slush."

Authorities sleeping

With mud everywhere in the area and the drains choked, the residents said fear water-borne diseases is spreading. Residents said around 30,000 tons of mud was to put here to make the rock garden but now more that 1.5 lakh tons of mud has been dumped.