Delhi-Ghaziabad Commuters Brace For Long Journey As Shahdara Flyover Repair Work Begins
The commuters travelling to and from Delhi and Ghaziabad are now preparing for a long-haul travel for the coming two-and-a-half months as repair works on the Shahdara flyover has begun. The Public Works Department (PWD) of the Delhi government has undertaken the restoration task after some gaps were identified on the stretch. Spanning around two kilometres running between Shahdara and Dilshad Garden, this is one of the longest and oldest flyovers in Delhi.
MakaaniQ brings more updates on the flyover project and the likely impact:
The Shahdara Flyover Project
Developed in the early 2000s, the Shahdara flyover in east Delhi is a lifeline for people travelling within the city to areas like Dilshad Garden and Kashmiri Gate ISBT as well as to Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region and vice versa. The corridor witnesses dense traffic daily.
Tough road ahead for commuters
Cracks on such a busy stretch of road can seriously put the safety of two-wheelers at risk. Over a month ago, there were other instances of similar structural defects observed in Lajpat Nagar and Akshardham flyovers. Following this, the PWD had ordered field-inspections of all flyovers in the national capital.
Initially, civic officials planned to temporarily repair the gap on the Lajpat Nagar flyover with steel plates while explaining that such gaps appear in winter as temperature drops and metal plates or girders contract. The gap measured 10 feet in length and eight to 10 inches in width; and was repaired in a month’s time.
Although the Delhi Traffic Police proactively updates the citizens on such issues on social media, it is of no use so long as there is congestion and snail-paced vehicular movement. Many Delhiites have voiced their concerns and criticised the authorities for showing neglect.
The PWD has asked its engineers that gaps on any flyover should be attended to immediately, to ensure safety of motorists. As per media reports, the repair work will happen in a phased manner. While rectifications on the 500-meter stretch near Dilshad Garden has been carried out, the department is yet to obtain permission for the remaining portion.
One carriage of the flyover from Seelampur to Dilshad Garden has been closed by the authorities, and the traffic has been diverted under the flyover. It will take two and a half months for the repairs to finish. According to a senior official, the department will remove existing expansion joints which are at every 20 meter-distance. This will allow smooth driving on the flyover. “However, we will ensure that expansion joints are at every 40 meters. Removal of expansion joints on every 20 meters will ensure smooth driving on flyover.” the official said.
Traffic snarls will be an inevitable feature for at least some days. Officials advise commuters to consider diversions through pockets around Anand Vihar and the National Highway 24.
With inputs from Housing News