New Delhi: A major fire broke out at a furniture market near Kalindi Kunj metro station in south Delhi early Friday, prompting DMRC authorities to suspend metro services on a section of the Magenta Line for nearly four hours, officials said. However, no one has been injured in the incident, fire officials said. The blaze was reported at 5.55 am and 17 fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames, Chief Fire Officer Atul Garg said. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Metro services which began early on Friday to facilitate passengers in reaching venues for International Yoga Day events, suffered a major disruption on the Magneta Line due to the incident. Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line connects Janakpuri West in Delhi and Botanical Garden in Noida. The fire officials said flames from the blaze had spread to pillar numbers 205 and 206 as well, so the metro officials were also alerted to carry out a thorough check to ensure public safety. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize “Soon after the incident was reported, movement of trains were stopped temporarily between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Kalindi Kunj metro stations due to smoke and fire from underneath the aqueduct. “Short loops were run between Janakpuri West and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh till normal services were resumed,” a senior Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DRMC) official said. “There was no service between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden stations temporarily,” the DMRC had said soon after the fire. Botanical Garden station is an interchange facility between Blue Line and Magenta Line. The Blue Line connects Dwarka in Delhi to Electronic City in Noida. After about four hours, the DMRC tweeted, “Train services have resumed between Botanical Garden and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh.” However, it advised passengers earlier to use Blue Line to continue their journey. “The furniture market is spread over 2,000 square yards and the fire had spread rapidly as a large amount of wood and plastic material was stored in the area. Several furniture shops were gutted. However, no one was injured as the fire broke out early morning and the shops were yet to open,” a senior official said. Police and DMRC officials were at the spot and nearly 70 firefighting officials carried out the operation. The fire was brought under control by 7.45 am. However, four fire tenders were still at the spot carrying out cooling process, officials said.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed “deep shock and sadness” over the death of scores of people in the heinous terrorist attack in New Zealand while stressing India’s strong condemnation of terrorism and of all those who support such acts of violence.In a letter to Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, Modi also underscored India’s solidarity with the people of her country at this difficult time. Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed at least 49 people in Christchurch, while several explosive devices were defused, in what appeared to be a carefully planned racist attack. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Prime Minister has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch,” the External Affairs Ministry said in an official release. “The Prime Minister stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies. Modi also expressed his deepest condolences to the families bereaved in this dastardly attack, offered heartfelt prayers for the speedy recovery of the injuried and underscored India’s solidarity with the friendly people of New Zealand at this difficult time.