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MISHAP SITE: Work in full swing to repair a portion of the road that caved in adjacent to the BRT corridor at Defence Colony in New Delhi on Sunday.
MISHAP SITE: Work in full swing to repair a portion of the road that caved in adjacent to the BRT corridor at Defence Colony in New Delhi on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Such incidents don’t mean that we stop work on other BRT corridor: Sheila

NEW DELHI: A portion of the road next to the busy Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor caved in at Defence Colony here in the early hours of Sunday injuring two motorcyclists who fell into the deep pit.

The mishap took place around 2-30 a.m. when a segment of the road subsided near a petrol pump in Defence Colony as the earth below it had apparently turned soft due to water seepage.

Amit Kumar (23) and Santosh Kumar (27), who were returning home on a motorcycle, fell into the pit as the driver could not brake in time and sustained injures. The police were called in and the two were rushed to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences’ trauma centre. They were discharged after treatment. Amit stays in Okhla Phase-II, while Santosh is a resident of R. K. Puram. The two work for a courier company.

The police have registered a case under Section 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life) at the Defence Colony police station.

The authorities promptly repaired the road using truckloads of mud and sandbags to fill up the pit.

A senior official monitoring the repair work said they were looking into the reasons for the cave-in. “We have repaired the road and are looking into the reasons for mishap. The road is several years old and it is possible that water leaking from an underground sewer or pipeline softened the stretch causing it to cave in. It is a matter of investigation,” the official said.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said experts would look into the matter. “We will conduct an enquiry into the matter. But such incidents don’t mean that we stop work on other BRT corridor,” said Ms. Dikshit, replying to a question on the mishap.

The BRT corridor project has been in the thick of controversy for adversely affecting the flow of traffic.

The 5.8 km Ambedkar Nagar-Moolchand corridor, which was opened on May 1 last year, has witnessed several accidents.

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