A sizeable portion of a busy road — the intersection between K G Marg and Feroz Shah Road — caved in on Wednesday morning. The cave-in was caused by a leaking water pipe, said officials of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
Traffic slowed down considerably on the damaged road as only a narrow stretch remained open for vehicles.
“It happened in the night. We had been repairing a pipeline near an electric pole. When I came to work this morning, I saw this huge hole,” said a NDMC worker on condition of anonymity.
Terming the cave-in a “heavy” one, a senior civic body official said, “It is 20 meters deep and 5 meters wide. The problem was detected almost immediately and no one was injured. The portion has been cordoned off”.
The damage to the road was “massive” and it would take about a week to repair, said the official.
However, civic body officials have to first wait for the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to repair the pipeline, he said.
“The pipeline is nearly 50 years old. It supplied unfiltered water to MPs’ bungalows for gardening purposes. The CPWD had been working on another pipeline running under the pavement for the last few weeks. But this cave-in happened because of leaks in an adjacent pipeline. There are telecom cables, electric power lines, water pipes, sewer pipes and many other lines under this road,” said the official.