Zirakpur, September 25
An unattended 4-ft-deep pit alongside VIP Road near Orbit Apartments claimed the life of a biker in the wee hours of Sunday.
The deceased, Sunil Kumar, 28, a resident of Sector 33-B, Chandigarh, died after his bike fell in the open pit without any caution sign at the spot.
Sources said the pit was dug up by Municipal Council (MC) workers two-three months ago in a bid to find manholes buried under the interlocking tiles. MC officials refuted the charge.
After the incident, the pit was hurriedly filled with earth, but the spot still remains a safety hazard as loose earth would lead to slippery conditions in case of rain. At night, two-wheeler riders often are taken off guard suddenly at the spot.
Society residents said the pit had been there for around two-three months. “The area is poorly lit and the biker probably did not notice it around 4 am.”
The deceased, a bike taxi rider, was returning after dropping a customer nearby. Passersbys were alarmed on hearing a thud and saw a biker in a blood of pool. He was bleeding profusely due to head injuries. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors declared him dead.
“It is a sad state of affairs here. The pit, which has been filled now, could have been filled earlier too. It was done after a precious life was lost. Only the family knows the loss of their dear ones. For others, it is a routine affair here,” said a bike taxi rider who called up the ambulance and police after the incident.
VIP Road is in a very bad condition with potholes marring the busy stretch. Residents expressed resentment and anger at the MC for failing to maintain the road.
Most Read In 24 Hours
Don't MissView All
Supreme Court to deliver verdict on petitions challenging nullification of Article 370 on December 11
Five-judge Constitution Bench had reserved the verdict on Se...
Next hearing soon, closely following matter and extending al...
Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul, Priyanka attend the...
Flags concerns to US, Canada over Pannun’s threat to Air Ind...