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Police security barricades cordon off pits

The metal barricades of Delhi Police have another purpose to serve: Shield the muck and potholes left by civic agencies on the roads due to the Commonwealth Games construction. Vijaita Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2010 00:59 IST
Vijaita Singh

The metal barricades of Delhi Police have another purpose to serve: shield the muck and potholes left by civic agencies on the roads due to the Commonwealth Games construction.

To avert any kind of mishaps and tragedy, Delhi Police are using their newly acquired barricades to keep people away from hazardous construction materials and sites.

In the past two days, four road cave-ins have been reported in the Lutyen's Zone alone.

"Whenever we come across any such spot which needs immediate attention we put barricades and lights and inform the civic agencies till the area has been repaired. This is done to prevent any accident or mishap," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.

The city police acquired more than 500 barricades for Independence Day celebrations and the police is now putting a chunk of them to good use.

Another 4,400 barricades are being purchased for the Commonwealth Games security. The tenders have been finalised but Delhi Police is yet to get the delivery.

Metal barricades are traditionally used for random checks and frisking of vehicles.

On August 5, Udgosh Thakran (22), a law student, lost his pet dog to a civic agency's negligence.

The dog had fallen into an unattended pit and was electrocuted.

The Delhi Police had to use their barricades to cover the pit till the civic agency was alerted and started taking action.

On Monday, when a portion of the Jaswant Singh Marg caved in, Delhi Police had to put their barricades around it to maintain the smooth flow of traffic.

"We are the first ones to be informed whenever a road caves in or there is a bad road. As the Games near and due to the spurt in construction work on the roads we have been receiving many calls from harried commuters. All we do is to cordon off the area by putting up barricades," said a senior police officer.