This happens only in India. Poor planning coupled with rampant corruption often lead to public embarrassment. The latest example of poor governance is how a metro station in India’s national capital was flooded with rain water days before it was to be inaugurated for public.
A Twitter user Harsh Awasthi posted a series of photos that painted the picture of utter embarrassment at the soon-to-open Bhikaji Cama metro station. He wrote, “Due to heavy rain newly built platform gets damaged and water logged in concourse area of metro station at Bhikaji Cama Place on Pink Line.”
According to officials, heavy rains led to a portion of a footpath adjoining the station to sink a bit before causing a water leakage inside the station.
In the photos, waterlogging can also be seen on the escalator (see above). In another photo, area leading to the platform too is seen inundated with water. (see below)
And if this was not enough, the newly constructed area surrounding the station too has caved in dangerously. This simply shows the compromise the builders may have made in the quality of the construction. (see below)
One official said that the repair work was in progress and was likely to be finished in the next two days. The station, which falls on the Pink Line of Delhi Metro, is part of the Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus-Lajpat Nagar section, which is likely to be inaugurated early August.
“Due to heavy rain on July 29, around midnight, the storm-water drain running along Ring Road was completely inundated and there was a reverse flow of the excess water towards Gate no.3 of Bhikaji Cama Place metro station,” an official was quoted by PTI.
Looking at the damage caused (see in the above pic) to the station, it is highly unlikely that its restoration will be complete in the next two days as claimed by the official unless the quality is compromised once again.
Due to this, the whole area around the entry point to the station (footpath and road) got submerged in water, resulting in “settlement” of the footpath around the entry gate.
Settlement is a technical term that refers to a slight movement of a surface when the ground gives way.
A top DMRC official had last week said many of the newly-opened corridors or those awaiting opening were facing their first monsoon, but efforts were on to ensure all issues were ironed out, based on previous experience from the old corridors.
Here are some more photos posted by Twitter user Harsh Awasthi;