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10-foot deep crater on NH-24 leaves commuters stranded

As the incident took place in the wee hours, it led to a 10-kilometre long jam and queues of vehicles on major roads leading towards the Capital. Movement of vehicles was made possible only after diverting traffic. The district administration has said that leakage in the Ganga water pipeline, running through the area, caused the cave in of the road and expects to resolve the situation in a day.

As per the reports, incident happened around 6:30 am 12-kilometre east of the Delhi border, opposite Antriksh Sanskriti housing society in Vijay Nagar area creating 10-foot deep ditch. As it was peak traffic hour, Monday being the first working day of the week, traffic snarls took place and had a cascading effect.

“There is an underground water pipeline which has leaked. Work to repair the road is on. Personnel from the National Highway Authorities are on the job and the road should be ready for traffic by late tonight,” said Vimal Kumar Sharma, District Magistrate of Ghaziabad. Though the district administration has ruled out sabotage this time as a farmer group had earlier targeted the pipeline with the motive to stop supply of water to the Capital.

Following the incident, traffic police cordoned off a one-km stretch from the UP gate side just ahead of the Hindon bridge. Traffic coming from UP gate side was being stopped at Chijjarsi cut from where its was diverted to Noida Sector 62, 63 on the right. Traffic coming from Hapur was diverted to NH 58 while traffic coming from Lucknow was diverted to Greater Noida. Traffic going towards Moradabad was allowed to go via Dasna and Bulnadshahr district.

“Although the incident caused massive jam in the area, we ensured vehicular movement through diversions on other roads. As earth filling work was done swiftly by the authorities, we opened the affected stretch for light vehicles around 4 pm and hopefully smooth flow will resume on Tuesday. We have done proper picketing for traffic diversion and deployment of police personnel has also been made to handle the situation,” said Amar Singh, Superintendent of Police (Traffic) of Ghaziabad.


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