On a wing & a prayer as Delhi’s infra caves in | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The incessant showers on Monday led to several road cave-ins, but none so spectacular as the one in Atulya Chowed in Sector 18, Dwarka, in which a Delhi Police constable just about saved his life after his car was sucked into a gaping hole in the macadam.
The incident took place around 5pm, when constable Ashwani, who is posted with Delhi Traffic Police, was on his way home after meeting a relative. Suddenly, his car went nose first into the quicksand-like portion on the road. Since the rear of the car wasn’t pulled into the hole, Ashwani shifted to the rear, opened the door there and shouted for help before a person gave him a hand and pulled him free.
Soon after his escape, the constable related, “I was driving home and when I reached Atulya Chowk, my car just sank into the road. I had great difficulty opening the rear door to escape. I screamed for help and a passer-by pulled me out.” He was alone in the car when the incident took place.
Shankar Choudhary, additional DCP (Dwarka), later said that the i-10 car had fallen into a hole created by a cave-in. “The car was taken out with the help of a crane and the constable escaped unhurt. Commuters are advised not to ply on this road due to the cave in,” said Choudhary.
A local resident, who was present when the incident occurred, disclosed that a huge pothole next to the drain along the road hadn’t been fixed for a long time. “Due to the presence of this pothole, the rains were able to weaken the road, leading to the cave-in. The hole is so big now that two cars can fall into it,” he said.
The road falls under the jurisdiction of the DDA. An agency official said the portion has been barricaded after removing the trapped vehicle. “The impacted area will be inspected tomorrow and rectification will be carried out with necessary repair,” the official added.
After unceasing rainfall for hours on Monday, there were other pitfalls on several roads. Delhi Traffic Police advised commuters to avoid the Sheikh Sarai crossing due to a road cave-in on the BRT stretch. “PWD officials are repairing the damaged road. Please avoid this stretch,” the advisory cautioned. Another incident of a portion of road breaking up was reported from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg near ITO where a tyre of a Cluster scheme bus was stuck in the hole where the road had caved in.

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