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Mayapuri is a locality in West Delhi. It used to be a major hub of small scale industries, but following recent government sanctions, most of the heavy metal industries moved out. The place is now a combination of residential flats (DDA and private), light metal factories and automobile service stations.
The area is mostly residential now, with major localities built by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). These include Hari Enclave, Vikrant Enclave, MIG Flats and Maya Enclave. There are some major landmarks in this area like the Food Corporation of India, Metal Forging, New Era Public School and Din Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.
Vatika Apartments, MIG Flats, is a DDA Colony that was completed and allotted to owners in 1977. There are approximately 432 flats in this society, with A, B, C, D and E streets. Most of B, C and E street have privately held apartments. D Street belongs to the Government of India and the current tenants are serving officers of the Govt. of India. A Street also has governmental holding in several apartments, and these belong to the Customs and Excise Wing of the GoI. Vatika Apartments is a mid-premium gated locality and has its own Mother Dairy (Milk Supply booth) and a Local Shopping Centre.
Mayapuri is served by three malls of Rajouri Garden - City Square Mall, TDI Mall and West Gate Mall, and by the upmarket Pacific Mall in Tagore Garden/Subhash Nagar. All these malls are within 3–4 km of Mayapuri.
Mayapuri is approximately 15 km from Connaught Place and New Delhi Railway Station, and about 14 km from the Domestic Airport Terminal. It has a Maruti Showroom and workshop, and workshops of Hyundai and Honda as well at a close distance.
Mayapuri is also one of the major bus terminals for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Delhi Metro's Rajouri Garden and Subhash Nagar stations are close by. The petrol pumps at Beriwala Bagh, Police Station and Subhash Nagar are within easy reach. Several schools are in close proximity as are several banks like UCO Bank, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, ICIC Bank, HDFC Bank and many more.
Park Plaza, Iris Hometel and Signature Grand are the three premium hotels in Mayapuri. They are situated in Hari Nagar, but that is just as good as Mayapuri. These are about 1 km from Vatika Apartments, Mayapuri.
Mayapuri radiological accident
In April 2010, the locality of Mayapuri was affected by a serious radiological accident. An AECL Gammacell 220 research irradiator owned by Delhi University since 1968, but unused since 1985, was sold at auction to a scrap metal dealer in Mayapuri on February 26, 2010. The orphan source arrived at a scrap yard in Mayapuri during March, where it was dismantled by workers unaware of the hazardous nature of the device. The cobalt-60 source was cut into eleven pieces. The smallest of the fragments was taken by Ajay Jain who kept it in his wallet, two fragments were moved to a nearby shop, while the remaining eight remained in the scrap yard. All of the sources were recovered by mid-April and transported to the Narora Atomic Power Station, where it was claimed that all radioactive material originally contained within the device was accounted for. The material remains in the custody of the Department of Atomic Energy
Eight people were hospitalised in AIIMS as a result of radiation exposure, where all get paralised and one later died. The event was rated level 4 on International Nuclear Events Scale.
Metal recycling activities
One of the main business at Mayapuri is the recycling of metal scraps and sale of salvage vehicle parts. It is, arguably, the biggest market for used automotive and industrial spare parts in India. Many traders from all over India come here to sell or purchase old auto parts. Many small workshops specialised in different metals are active in the Mayapuri area. The safety of the scrap yards became a concern after the radiological accident which occurred in April 2010. The area is not equipped with radiation detectors or portics, despite being a common practice in steel recycling factories in the US and in most of the European countries. The presence of toxic heavy metals and of harmful chemicals in the waste generated by these activities presents a direct menace for the health of several thousands of people living in the area.
Mayapuri is home to the following key landmarks:
- New Era Public School - Popular School
- Metal Forging - One of the Oldest Forging Unit
- Food Corporation of India - Government Organization
- India International Marketing Company
- Swarg Ashram Mandir- Temple
Following are some key surrounding areas, some are small localities within Mayapuri.
- Subhash Nagar
- Rajouri Garden
- Hari Nagar
- Tilak Nagar
- Tihar Village
- Delhi Cantt
- IARI or Pusa
- Shadipur Depot
- Patel Nagar
- Kirti Nagar
- Acerinox accident
- Goiânia accident
- Radiotherapy accident in Costa Rica
- 1990 Clinic of Zaragoza radiotherapy accident
- Radiation accident in Mexico City
- List of civilian radiation accidents
- Orphan source
- Radioactive scrap metal
- Ionizing radiation
- Nuclear safety
- Nuclear whistleblowers
- The New York Times: Scrap metal radiation raises concerns in India
- AERB press release. April 29, 2010.
- Origin of Cobalt-60 traced to Delhi University
- Scrap Metal Radiation Raises Concerns in India
- AERB press release. May 18, 2010.
- AERB press release. May 5, 2010
- Radiation response team recovers all Cobalt-60 source from Mayapuri
- Robert Johnston, Mayapuri orphaned source