Packed lanes, dangling power lines make Old Delhi firetrap
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the dangers that old Delhi's crammed alleyways with dangling power lines pose to anyone living
This is the famous area Chandini Chowk in Old delhi and the electricity lines provide connections to houses and shops in that area.
The danger is worse during the monsoon season. According to fire department officials, the tangle of naked wiring over Walled City is a major cause for concern. "It takes just one spark for the entire market to go up in flames," said a fire official.
Rampant commercialization and consequent unauthorized construction has only added to the problem. Congestion has increased further and there is often little or no space between buildings. Sadar Bazaar is generally packed to capacity with shoppers, with auto drivers, cycle-rickshaws and cars jostling for space in the lanes. Old, precariously-placed, open transformers lie in their midst like deathtraps. If there is a fire, there is no escape route. Shockingly enough, several shops here lack fire safety measures.