Vikas Marg Road Near Metro Station Caves In
Vikas Marg road near Metro station caves in
Delhi may finally be getting ready to host the Commonwealth Games, but its roads are unlikely to offer the international teams a smooth ride.
A stretch caved in at Vikas Marg near the Preet Vihar Metro station in east Delhi, a few km from the Games Village, on Friday morning.
The incident added to the two dozen road cave-ins reported from various parts of the Capital since July, belying chief minister Sheila Dikshit's boasts about the city's world-class infrastructure.
Traffic was affected on the main Vikas Marg stretch and commuters had to face a tough time, particularly during the peak hours.
A small portion of the road near the Metro station collapsed around 7 am. Soon the cracks became much wider and there was a 10-ft-deep pit covering almost half of the road's width.
The road belongs to the Delhi government's Public Works Department (PWD). It was constructed about a year ago by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Rakesh Mishra, the PWD's engineer-in-chief, said the road caved in after an underground water pipeline in the area burst.
"The pipeline burst was detected on Friday morning and a part of the road got damaged because of this. Officials are on the job to get it restored soon," Mishra said.
The Dwarka-Anand Vihar Metro line passes through the stretch where the road caved in. Officials at the site claimed the pit would not affect the Metro pillars.
An official on the spot said because of the pipeline burst, a huge amount of water accumulated under the road. This weakened the layers of soil, resulting in the big pit.
The damaged part of the carriageway was cordoned off by the traffic police, hampering the movement of vehicles.
A traffic police officer said only a small space on the road was left open for the traffic, which led to heavy congestion during the evening rush hours.
The ongoing construction work on the road added to the commuters' woes. More than a kilometre-long queue of vehicles was seen on the stretch from Laxmi Nagar up to Preet Vihar.
Repair work on the damaged stretch has been started by a private contractor. Officials claimed the work would be completed by Friday night. "We will pump out the water accumulated in the pit and then the road will be repaired," an official said.
Incessant rains and poor road engineering and maintenance by civic agencies have led to the bad condition of roads across the city.
Since July, at least 20 incidents of roads caving in have reported from various parts of the city.
Different parts of the Aurobindo Marg caved in thrice in July and August because of leakages in underground water and sewage pipelines.
On August 16, a stretch of Ashoka Road caved in at three places near the Andhra Bhawan.
An abandoned sewage pipe underneath the road had led to seepage and loosened the earth below the stretch, leading to a 15-foot crater.
On August 8, a road near Khan Market developed a pothole and later gave way. It was found that an old underground pipe had broken, causing the cave-in.
On August 18, huge craters formed on Rajesh Pilot Marg and Kali Bari Marg after a heavy downpour.
On July 31, similar incidents were reported from Yusuf Sarai, Greater Kailash-II, Saket and the BRT corridor at Moolchand after heavy rains.
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