Delhiites saw a record number of roads giving way this year. More than 40 roads collapsed in a span of just three months. Apart from the pothole-ridden roads Delhiites were stuck for hours on the roads due to these frequent cave-ins.
"Every day one or the other road caved-in. Driving in and around the city was a nightmare. First we had to deal with potholes and then these craters," said Nishant Basista, a resident of Nizamuddin.
A number of roads in the city have been constructed over water pipelines which, experts say, is a sheer violation. It wasn’t just the far flung areas that witnessed road cave-ins, even Lutyens Delhi was not spared. Road cave-ins were reported from Khan Market, Ashoka Road, Saket, Aurobindo Marg, Greater Kailash II, BRT Corridor, SP Marg, Geeta Colony, Nirman Vihar, Vikas Marg, KG Marg, Akbar Road. Each time a road collapses, it burns a hole in the MCD’s pockets as it spends R5-20 lakh on reconstructing the roads
The civic agency said that it is impossible to avoid such incidents from taking place as most of Delhi roads have been constructed on top of water pipeline which over a period of time have eroded the covering of the pipeline leading to constant leakages.