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Metro accident: Road opened for one-way traffic

At least 6-7 days to reopen the Nehru Place-Moolchand route, say officials.

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Updated:July 14, 2009, 11:20 AM IST
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Metro accident: Road opened for one-way traffic
At least 6-7 days to reopen the Nehru Place-Moolchand route, say officials.

New Delhi: The road near the Delhi Metro accident site in South Delhi was on Tuesday opened for one-way traffic from Moolchand to Nehru Place. Water and power supply to the area are yet to be restored.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) chief E Sreedharan visited the accident site on Tuesday morning, where six people had been killed on Sunday when a section of the reinforced concrete viaduct, on which the rails will be placed, collapsed due to cracks in a supporting pillar. Three cranes toppled over during the rescue work on Monday, injuring five more.

"The road has been opened only for the traffic going from Moolchand to Nehru Place. Traffic from Nehru Place to Moolchand has been diverted to Sant Nagar and Greater Kailash. Only light vehicles are allowed to ply on the route and heavy vehicles will have to take Ring Road," a police official said.

The officials at the site said it would take six-seven days to reopen the Nehru Place-Moolchand route. The road has been closed since Sunday. The 400-tonne section of the viaduct that came crashing down burst a water supply pipe and snapped power cables.

"There has been no electricity and no water in the village since Sunday. We have been sleeping in the park," said Manu Singh, a resident of Zamrudpur village, next to the crash site.

The shops in front of the accident site also remained closed as workers continued to remove the debris. Three shops had been crushed by the falling masonry.

Authorities in Lady Sri Ram College across the road closed the main gate.

"The main gate of the college will remain closed for another week keeping in mind the safety of the students. Till then they have been asked to use the back gate opening towards the National Park in Vikram Vihar," said the college watchman.

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