| The family of 25-year-old Amit Dalmia breaks down on the arrival of his body at his Ritchie Road residence from the police morgue on Tuesday evening. Dalmia was killed in a freak accident on Camac Street on Monday night. Picture by Pabitra Das
Amit Dalmia, 25, died, for no fault of his, on the streets late on Monday. But Amit, unfortunately, will not be the last. For, death traps lurk in every other street corner of Calcutta.
The morning after the tragedy on Camac Street, Metro noticed two similar thick metal wires laid by Reliance Infocomm protruding from the same street surface. Some 200 yards from where Amit died, a two-metre metal strip has broken free near the new state government secretariat. Another wire is protruding 100 metres down the road. Local shop-owners alleged that the protrusions have been there for the past couple of weeks.
And these are just a couple of calamity points. The traffic police have identified the following danger zones for motorists and submitted the list to the authorities for “immediate action’’:
—In New Alipore’s Block A, Council House Street, Ballygunge Circular Road and Ritchie Road, metal strips of Reliance Infocomm can be noticed at road level. These strips have come off the road carpet
—The road surface is in “dangerous condition” at Old China Bazar Street, where the civic body has left a gaping, 15-ft-deep hole, while carrying out a routine pipeline project
—Another black hole, about 10 ft, can be spotted at the Free School Street-Kyd Street crossing
—On the western flank of Gariahat Road, near Dhakuria bridge, the BSNL is laying cables, rendering the road risky for cars
—The CESC is carrying out repairs on Rowland Road, so stretches around the spot should be steered clear of
—At the Diamond Harbour Road-Mansatala Row crossing, CESC officials are at work. The stretch, police claim, has become dangerous for motorists.
—At the Chakraberia Road (North) and Justice Chandra Madhab Road crossing, there are large potholes created by the civic body’s waterline work
—On Southern Avenue and S.P. Mukherjee Road, potholes are a pet feature, with various agencies carrying out sewerage work
“We have started warning all concerned about the dangers of an accident similar to what happened to Amit Dalmia,” said special additional commissioner of police (traffic) Sandhi Mukherjee.