His friends were stunned for a minute when Ajay Singh Dahiya disappeared soon after getting off the bus at IIT gate. Unable to see the dug-up area near the bus stop, as it was dark, Dahiya (51) fell into it and suffered serious injuries.
The uncovered drains on Aurobindo Marg, near IIT gate, are posing serious threats to area residents and passersby and may also lead to disastrous accidents.
Yet, authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the problem. “We have been complaining about it but the authorities don’t bother to cover these drains. Last week, I fell into this greasy pit. I was badly injured. I was lucky that passersby spotted me and helped me come out,” said Ajit Singh Dahiya, a resident of Begampur, Malviya Nagar.
Uncovered pits in front of the IIT gate bus stop, near Azad Apartments, have become life threatening for commuters boarding buses from the stop.
According to residents, incidents of two-wheelers falling into the pit have also been reported from the area. “Crossing this stretch at night is a difficult task. There’s a constant danger of falling into the open pit as there’s no light. The other day, a motorbike rider, who took his eyes off the road got seriously injured after his two-wheeler ended up in an open pit,” said Mahendra Sharma, a resident of nearby Sarvodya Enclave colony.
During monsoon, these open pits become even more dangerous as the road gets submerged. “Rain water gets accumulated and it becomes difficult to spot the open pit. Despite many complaints, no one has bothered to cover it,” added Dahiya.
The road is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department (PWD) and officials say that rag pickers and gangs of thieves looking for easy pickings steal cast-iron pit covers to sell them as scrap. “We’ll get the problem fixed at the earliest. Pit covers are regularly stolen so they can be melted down for scrap. It’s a huge problem for us,” said a senior PWD official.