It just took 1.3 millimeters of rains to crumble Delhi roads, yet again.
On Wednesday, the civic agencies again blamed the rains, when roads in different areas of the city once again caved in. On Wednesday, three roads in the city caved in, raising the toll to nine in just one month.
Rajesh Pilot Marg and Kali Bari Marg — both in the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) — caved in on Wednesday. Apart from this, Ashoka Road, that had too sunk in on Monday, caved in once again, albeit at a different spot.
While a 10ft by 5 ft crater formed on Rajesh Pilot Marg, a five ft by five ft crater developed on Kali Bari Marg.
Officials claimed that the road cave-in at Ashoka Road was a minor one.
On July 31, five roads in the city had caved in due to rains. Cave-ins were reported from Saket, Aurobindo Marg, Greater Kailash II, and the BRT Corridor at Moolchand.
This was followed by two other roads - D B Gupta Road and Maharishi Raman Marg, near the posh Khan Market.
“Most likely, it would have happened due to some trench-less work, which had been done in the past. It was a hole of 1.5 feet, which was broadened by us to ensure proper compaction after restoration,” said NDMC spokesman Anand Tiwari.
In August itself, two roads in the NDMC area - Maharishi Raman Marg and Ashoka Road - had also caved in.
Though the crater was filled with mud by the civic body, but as the portion of the road was barricaded it resulted in huge traffic jam for hours on the route. On Monday, Ashoka Road too, had caved in, throwing traffic out of gear.
The civic agency claims that it is impossible to avoid such incidents, as most of Delhi roads have been constructed over water pipelines.
Over a period of time, the covering of the pipeline erodes, leading to constant leakages.
“There was a cave-in at Rajesh Pilot Marg. The crater was around eight ft by 11 ft. By evening, NDMC had got the crater filled. However, as it is still sensitive, we have barricaded the area, for the night,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg.