A road cave-in drew massive attention from commuters in north Delhi's Chandni Chowk area on Tuesday afternoon. The truck was reportedly carrying huge cash and gold.
"An RBI truck that was carrying a huge amount of cash got stuck at the roadside after a portion of the Dariba Kalan road caved-in at 1 pm," said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
The truck, a TATA 407, was carrying Rs 52.5 crore in cash and gold coins - a spectacle that none were expecting would unfold on the bustling street opposite the Sisganj Gurudwara and would continue for three hours.
"The truck was en route the SBI Bank's Cycle Market branch and was carrying Rs 50 crore in denominations of Rs 100, 500 and 1000 while gold coins worth Rs 2.5 crore were being transported in large, transparent plastic bags," the officer said.
Residents said the area had to be cordoned-off by the police for a good three hours as three cranes struggled to pull the heavy vehicle out of the ditch.
"The whole area was cordoned off for three hours to prevent the crowd from pilfering the cash. There were more than 20 police officers there," said Sanjay Bhargava, general secretary, Chandni Chowk Sarv Vyapar Mandal.
According to the MCD, a sewer line below the spot where the road caved in was responsible for the incident.
On Tuesday afternoon another road caved in at the Baba Kharak Singh
Marg-Ashoka Road Junction, adjacent to the Gole Daakhana.
"It was due to the trench less technology that had been used to construct the road because of which sewerage lines below it got damaged and the road caved in," said Anand Tiwari, spokesperson of New Delhi Municipal Council.