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Traffic jam in South Delhi due to Metro mishap
Traffic and other civic services in South Delhi and adjoining areas have been crippled due to the two consecutive Metro accidents. The DMRC clarified that it would take around six days to clear the debris.
THE TWO consecutive Metro accidents have totally crippled traffic and other civic services in South Delhi and adjoining areas. The areas witnessed traffic jams on Monday (July 13). Traffic diversions were made immediately after the incident. Meanwhile, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) clarified that it would take around six days to clear the debris, and that one lane would be opened to traffic from Monday morning.

Vehicular movement towards Nehru Place, one of the capital’s main commercial hubs, was badly affected with traffic chaos witnessed in many places such as Greater Kailash, Amar Colony, Moolchand and East of Kailash. To ensure smooth clearance of the debris and avoid traffic jams, traffic officials cordonned off roads around Lady Shri Ram College just after the accident. There was little traffic congestion on Sunday (July 12), as it was a holiday. But on Monday, traffic in these areas came to a standstill in the peak hours.

“It took almost two hours for me to reach my office in Nehru Place from my residence in East of Kailash which normally takes half an hour,” said Piyush Kumar, a marketing executive. The traffic police has diverted traffic in the area. Another route for reaching Nehru Place is through Joseph Marg, Tito Marg and BRT corridor to Chirag Delhi, from where motorists will take a left turn and go via Ring Road to reach Nehru Place.

Meanwhile, ever since the accident occurred, residents of Zamrudpur had to travel about 1.5km to fetch water. Water supply in the area has been completely stopped after the incident on Sunday morning. Residents, along with their children, were seen carrying small bottles and big jars to fill water from nearby DDA park opposite Lady Shri Ram College in the locality. "Delhi Jal Board (DJB) is not supplying tankers in the area and we have no option but to bring water from the park,” said Usha Devi (34), a housewife in the locality.

A huge line of buckets was seen in the entire park as over 30,000 people were affected by the problem. Power supply to the entire area was cut on Sunday morning following the accident but it was soon restored in most of the parts. “
Power supply was cut off to the first two lanes situated closest to the accident site. But supply has been maintained in rest of the area," said Rekha Devi (40), a house maker in the locality.

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