Delhiites, Get Ready For Long Traffic Snarls As Wazirabad Bridge Shuts For Repair For 3 Months
Delhiites do not seem to be getting respite from long traffic jams as the Public Works Department is picking up major roads for repair one after the other. After the Lajpat Nagar Flyover and Shahdara Flyover, it is now the Wazirabad Bridge that will be shut for repair on March 25 for a period of three months.
Although the Delhi Traffic Police has informed commuters about the possible diversions, the repair work is expected to affect over two lakh commuters.
The repair will be carried out in three phases and in a time span of three months. In the first phase, the cantilever portion will be repaired. This includes pavements and cycle track from Khajuri side to Civil Lines. For this, one carriageway of the bridge will be closed.
Reports suggest that the shutting down of the Wazirabad Bridge, which is a lifeline for many, will impact the residents of areas such as Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Karawal Nagar, Gokulpuri and Nand Nagari. This bridge works as the key connection for those who live in these areas and have to cross the River Yamuna to travel to other parts of the city. While the repair work is on, commuters are expected to face heavy traffic jams on the Wazirabad Road, the Yamuna Pusta Road and the nearby Outer Ring Road.
According to Delhi Traffic Police, those coming to Delhi from Ghaziabad could follow certain alternative routes. “Heavy vehicles destined for Haryana may use Loni-Baghpat route. The heavy vehicles destined for Delhi may take Mohan Nagar-Link Road (Vaishali)-the National Highway 24 (NH-24) to enter Delhi as Shahdara flyover is also under repair,” the city traffic police was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
Light motor vehicles coming from Khajuri towards Wazirabad could use the Pontoon Bridge while vehicles coming from Wazirabad towards Khajuri could use the available single carriageway of Wazirabad Yamuna Bridge.
Also, the Delhi Police has completely restricted the entry of heavy vehicles on the bridge until it is fully repaired.
Delay adds to the woes
If the deadlines would have been met, there would have been no traffic woes that the residents will face now. The Signature Bridge, a project that was to be a replacement for the Wazirabad Bridge, lies incomplete. The project that was to connect Wazirabad to Delhi across the River Yamuna is known for a dynamically shaped pylon consisting of two inclined columns. While the project looks like a construction marvel on its website, in reality it remains a structure that lies in middle of work. It was in 2010 before the Commonwealth Games that the project missed its deadline. Since then, it has missed five deadlines, the most recent being in November 2017. Later, the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation said that the work on this project cannot be completed before April 2018.
With inputs from Housing News