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On waterlogged Gurgaon road, youth falls in open drain, dies

A 26-year-old man died after drowning in a drain submerged in water, following heavy rainfall, in DLF City on Saturday.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2010 00:48 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

A 26-year-old man died after drowning in a drain submerged in water, following heavy rainfall, in DLF City on Saturday.

The victim’s father, a former Maruti Udyog Limited employee, has blamed officials of DLF and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the death and filed a case.

Manish Sharma’s body was found in a drain in the waterlogged B-block. His scooter was found parked near the drain.

No arrest has been made but the police have begun investigation, Preet Singh, investigating officer of DLF City (Phase I) police station, said.

“He went missing after going to DLF City on a scooter, carrying a battery to fix a car that had broken down. I called him on his mobile around 2.45 p.m.,” the victim’s father, Pawan Sharma, said. “He said he’d reached B-block but the call got disconnected. Perhaps he could not see the overflowing drain and fell in it. His scooter was found parked near the drain.”

B-Block, which is located in a low-lying area, was submerged in about five feet deep water after Saturday’s rains that lasted for almost five hours.

Residents said the local RWA (resident welfare association) had been urging HUDA to address the problem but to no avail. DLF officials said since the open drain did not have a vent because of a closed culvert at the Golf Course road, the water from the road and DLF City collected here.

HUDA administrator Nitin K. Yadav said he will ask his officials to investigate.