New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) East Delhi residents say poor safety rules are being followed in the ongoing Phase III construction of Delhi Metro.
"The construction company engaged by Delhi Metro has been completely violating construction safety rules. A service lane of Saini Enclave has caved in, endangering the houses. Instead of taking any safety measures, the contractor has blocked the service lane," Pawan Gupta of Saini Enclave in east Delhi said.
Hundreds of families in Karkardooma, Saini Enclave, Kiran Vihar and Rishabh Vihar in east Delhi complain that the ongoing Phase III construction of the 59-km corridor from Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar passes through some very congested areas.
They lament that many stretches in and around the construction area are full of potholes and stagnant water and no pathway has been left for pedestrians.
"It is becoming difficult for students, women and the elderly to go to the nearby Karkardooma metro station. My son, who used to walk down for his tuitions in Jagriti Enclave, has to be dropped by a car. The tuition place, which is 500 metres away, has become a four km journey now," said Varinder Arora of Saini Enclave.
"We were already well connected to the metro with Vaishali-Dwarka and Dilshad Garden-Rithala metro line. All of a sudden we have been burdened with another elevated metro. This will lead to arterial roads getting choked with rickshaws. It will also lead to commercialisation, parking problems and encroachments," Arora added.
"Due to the ongoing metro work, we have to travel two km extra. The service lane has been narrowed and vehicles can't use it. Marshals deployed by metro officials to regulate traffic are hardly seen. Vehicles enter the service lane blocking it, leading to fights," said Manmohan Mehra, secretary of the Kiran Vihar residents welfare association.
Residents also complain that too many metro stations in the vicinity increases commercialisation and space crunch.
Delhi Metro officials claim that the corridor covers a large part of the densely populated east Delhi area.
"We are taking care that residents are not hindered. We have community-level meetings with residents," a Delhi Metro official said.
Phase III of Metro, which has the Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar line as the second longest corridor in Delhi, will be completed by 2016.