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Another cave-in, officials pass buck

delhi Updated: Aug 17, 2010 00:26 IST
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Leave other parts of Delhi, that a road caved near Ashoka Road, a VIP zone, narrates the pitiable state of infrastructure of the capital city, which is now gripped with the Commonwealth Games fever.

And keeping with the culture of mud-slinging, agencies have got active in passing the buck on the other.

While locals attributed the development to rain, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) passed the buck on faulty sewer lines. Anand Tiwari, NDMC spokesperson said: “It happened due to an old abandoned sewer line which was going under the road which was breached. But it has already been restored”.

On Monday morning, a portion of Jaswant Singh Road in Lutyens’ Delhi (the stretch just opposite to Andhra Bhawan) caved in. Though the crater was filled with mud immediately and the portion of the road was barricaded that caused huge traffic jam for hours on the route.

"Traveling on the VIP stretch was a pain in the morning. Vehicles came to near standstill. It took me over an hour to reach from Delhi High Court to ITO," said Krishna Kumar Solanky, a law student.

"The traffic police had a tough time managing and streamlining traffic throughout the day in Lutyens’ Delhi. The cave in affected traffic movement heavily on busy Ashoka Road towards India Gate", said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).

Traffic department officials said that additional staff were deployed on the Jaswant Singh Road round about to manage the traffic but due to the heavy traffic volume on the first working of the week, the motorists had to jostle for more than an hour to cross the stretch.

This instance was not one of its kind. During the last week of July, as many as seven roads across the city caved in leaving 10-to-five-feet-deep craters raising serious questions about the safety of motorists.

These include Devli and Shakti Nagar, Saket, Aurobindo Marg, Grreater Kailash II, and BRT Corridor at Moolchand.