Road cave-in near Rajpath results in traffic snarls, NDMC says sewer line damaged

Major traffic snarls were reported on several busy roads in Central and New Delhi on Monday morning after a major stretch between Akbar Road-C-Hexagon and Rajpath-C-Hexagon caved in on Friday night.

Roads including Bhagwan Dass Road, Akbar Road, Zakir Hussain Marg, Pandara Road, Shahjahan Road and roads of the C-Hexagon were affected.

Traffic between Akbar Road-C-Hexagon and Rajpath-C-Hexagon was the worst hit.

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) workers will take a few days to repair it and restore normalcy in the area.

Director of Information, NDMC, A K Mishra said, "Some agency undertook a trench-less insertion of pipe in the area. Consequently, the pipe hit a 72-inch sewer line in the area, leading to seepage. Our first priority is to repair the road. Once that is done, we will conduct an inquiry to find out which agency is responsible."

A senior police officer said, "The entire rotary (C Hexagon) was affected as half the carriageway was shut down for repairs since Friday night. We did not face any major problem managing traffic on the weekend as there was no peak-hour movement. Since Monday was a working day, massive traffic jams were reported in the morning. The repair work has eaten into the carriageway space meant for vehicular movement. Almost 30 per cent of the carriageway was blocked."

Traffic movement was restored to normalcy around 1 pm on Monday.

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