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Aurobindo Marg reopens after a month

The busy Aurobindo Marg has been reopened for traffic after being closed for more than a month. The stretch of the road between IIT and AIIMS was closed for restoration of a storm-water drain.

delhi Updated: Jul 06, 2009 00:54 IST
HT Correspondent

The busy Aurobindo Marg has been reopened for traffic after being closed for more than a month.

The stretch of the road between IIT and AIIMS was closed for restoration of a storm-water drain.

The road, where construction for Delhi Metro’s Central Secretariat-Gurgaon section is on, was closed on June 2 a storm water barrel leaked.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had to repair the 60-year-old storm water barrel below Aurobindo Marg near Green Park, which took a month.

During this period, traffic was diverted towards Green Park and Hauz Khas, which choked the already congested colony roads.

The problem first appeared on May 31 after water started to collect over a part of the area after the storm-water drain below the road was damaged.

“DMRC engineers had to excavate the area for proper investigation. The road had to be excavated 5 meters below the surface to reach the brick barrel that was leaking,” said a DMRC spokesman.

He said plans of the barrel were not available with any civic agency in Delhi.

“Seven leakages led to flooding at the site, which had to be first plugged through concrete lining,” he said.

Steel pipes were laid at the Hauz Khas Apartment compound to divert the direction of the brick barrel, which was crossing the tunnel. These steel pipes were joined with the existing pipes to carry the water towards Gautam Nagar.

“We had to be extra cautious as the area just above the point has different gas lines, water line, CNG line, MTNL cables etc. passing through it,” the spokesman said. “250 workers and 12 engineers worked day and night.”