A group of college students riding on motorbikes on a road near Hislop college had a miraculous escape recently after one of the bikers lost control after going over an open manhole. Other’s behind him also fell down and were injured.
They were not the first to be troubled by open manholes that remain unattended for weeks in city causing accidents almost every day. There are hundreds of manholes over sewer lines and storm water drains without cover, lying unattended and are becoming death traps for vehicle users and pedestrians alike.
“Approximately 5,000 manholes across all 10 zones are still without cover,” a senior Nagpur Municipal Corporation official said. The zone-wise survey conducted by health department confirmed that the city had 450 to 500 open manholes and drains in every zone.
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