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Huge craters in E Delhi road are death traps

Ht correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 22, 2013
First Published: 23:02 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:08 IST(23/7/2013)
Two massive craters leading to one of the busiest and most often used stretches in the capital are posing fatal threats to motorists as the authorities concerned look the other way.

Located one after the other and visibly deep by several inches, the craters are located on an elevated service lane connecting Pandav Nagar near Mayur Vihar with NH-24. The road sees a major rush of commuters driving down from Delhi to Noida daily.

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"The craters are huge. For commuters unused to the area, they can be dangerous in case of water-logging. My brother-in-law from Mumbai damaged my car while driving on the stretch on Saturday as he failed to spot them," said Rakshat Gupta, 35, a businessman who stays in Noida.

Other commuters shared Gupta's concerns. "Cars aside, the craters are death traps for bikers like me. If your front wheel gets caught in one of these, it can be fatal," said Shantanu Dutta, 23, a student.

When contacted, sources claimed the Delhi Traffic Police had written to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) about the danger the potholes but got no response.

"Several minor accidents have already taken place in the past four months but nothing has been done," said a traffic police officer.

Since most of these were 'normal' accidents, cases were not lodged with the local police.

The DDA was unsure of whether or not they were responsible for maintaining the stretch and were unavailable for comment despite repeated attempts.


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