Diversion Ahead: Repair Work On Lajpat Nagar Flyover To Start On Jan 2
The Lajpat Nagar Flyover that runs between south Delhi's Ashram and Moolchand has developed an opening of nearly eight inches, raising safety concerns for hundreds of commuters using the stretch daily. As motorists face problems while passing through the stretch, the Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to begin repairing the 1.5-km-long flyover on the busy Ring Road in two phases, starting January 2.
During the first phase of the repair, one carriageway from the Ashram Chowk to Moolchand is expected to remain shut between January 1 and 14. During the second phase, the carriageway from Moolchand to Ashram Chowk will remain closed between January 15 and 28.
The PWD said there was no need to panic, as such cavities did occur on flyovers as a result of natural contraction of girders during the winter season. A PWD official said such joints between two girders expand in summers and shrink in winters. The official said special joints were used to fill the gaps during winters.
"To avoid congestion and delays, road users and motorists are advised to take the Mathura Road, the Ashram Chowk, the Mool Chand flyover, the Lodhi Road, the Bhishm Pitamah Marg or the Ring Road while commuting from south Delhi to central Delhi and vice-versa," Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic, southern range) Vijay Singh said. He said since one of the carriageways of the flyover would remain shut, travellers taking the flyover towards Ashram would take the adjoining road.
They should expect congestion on the adjoining roads, the officer said.
According to PWD, the gaps on the flyover would be filled with joints to be brought from Bhopal.
Another official said there had been no repair work undertaken on the flyover for a long time, adding that the PWD had sought the traffic police's permission two months ago, but it was denied.
"Traffic police have given us permission to carry out the repair on the flyover now," the official said on condition of anonymity.
The Ring Road is one of the busiest arterial roads in Delhi.
Earlier this month, the Delhi government approved a project to improve the Ring Road, from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to Ashram. The work on the five-km stretch would be carried out by the PWD at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore.
With inputs from Housing News