There’s water at Chawri Bazaar metro station. And it’s dripping from the roof.
A careless litter of buckets and little dirty puddles on the platform are proof of the problem plaguing the Metro’s deepest station built 25 metres below the surface.
Daily commuters complain water has been dripping from the roof for a long time.
“They (Metro officials) even tried to repair it but the problem persists,” said Deepak Bhatnagar (49), a chartered accountant and regular metro commuter. “It’s been more than six months since the leakage started.”
While the officials have placed buckets on platform to collect the water, commuters said the move was causing inconvenience to them.
“There is seepage all over the place. We have to dodge to save ourselves from getting wet,” said Nadia Ali (20), a Delhi University student.
“A few days ago, water collected near the escalators making the place not only unhygienic but also risky for people walking inside the station,” said Sidra Tanveer (20), an engineering student.
Chawri Bazaar is the deepest metro station on the Metro’s Central Secretariat-Jehangirpuri stretch (yellow line).
With the Commonwealth Games just a few months away, many commuters are wary about the impression it will leave on tourists.
“They call Metro a world-class transport system. Such leakages, however, tell a different tale,” said Poonam (42), a homemaker, who goes by her first name only.
The commuters said the leakages were not only confined to Chawri Bazaar metro station.
“You can see similar leakages at Rajiv Chowk station also,” said Rajesh Kumar (21), a student. “I think this problem is common to all underground metro stations,” Kumar added.
A DMRC spokesperson chose to underplay the issue. “Water dripping on the platforms is a common problem with all underground stations across the world,” the spokesperson said.
“Chawri Bazaar is a difficult station, as there are sewer lines running above the station making it difficult to maintain. But we are carrying out regular maintenance.”