BY ZAFAR ABBAS
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Just as the drizzle started in the city on Sunday evening, the Delhi Fire Department started receiving multiple calls reporting “oil rain” from all over the city and were investigating, amid some roads being closed after bikers slipped.
“We are receiving calls from all parts of Delhi about oil rain and so far, we have responded to more than 57 calls,” a senior Fire Department officer said.
Another official said that these calls were reported from all directions, and began after the drizzle started at around 5 p.m.
Police had to close one of the roads leading to Jamia Nagar opposite the Holy Family Hospital in south Delhi after some bikers slipped on the road.
The Fire Brigade was seen responding to one such call in nearby New Friends Colony.
A senior police officer said that a call of oil spill was received after which the Fire Department was informed.
“Many bikers slipped and fell on the road because of the slippery oil-like material spilled on the road. As a precautionary measure, the Fire Brigade was called and the road was washed,” one of the callers told IANS.
“Delhi Fire Service received a total of 57 calls after rain, DFS responded to all the calls and it seems that due to rain, dust and earth and other materials available on road caused some slippery materials and because of that motorists gave the call,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.
Further investigation is underway.
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BY ZAFAR ABBAS