After the Janakpuri flyover breach incident on Tuesday, the MCD is now planning to approach the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to conduct an enquiry that led to the incident.
“A flyover is supposed to have a life span of nearly 75 years. The Janakpuri flyover was constructed in 2002 and a crack emerging in mere six years is a matter of serious concern. We are going to approach the CRRI and IIT engineers to examine why the incident occurred,” said MCD Commissioner K S Mehra.
The Janakpuri flyover was constructed by the Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation, but the civic body has admitted that it is the MCD’s responsibility to maintain the flyovers. There are a total of 26 flyovers that fall in MCD limits. Mehra added that yearly inspection would be carried out of all the MCD flyovers to detect similar cracks. The civic body would repair Sewa Nagar flyover, Janak Setu, Ashok Vihar, Tilak Nagar, Zakira, Shahdara, Deshbandhu Gupta, and Shyamlal college flyovers soon.
In addition to this, road digging would not be allowed in MCD area by other agencies and private companies till monsoon. A decision regarding this was taken during the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday. “Many MCD roads are in a pathetic condition as various agencies carry out road digging and don’t restore it afterwards. We will not allow road cutting on any of our roads till monsoon. Wherever it is necessary, permission will be required from the MCD Commissioner,” said Vijendra Gupta, chairman of the Standing Committee of the MCD.
The civic body is also planning to create an underground duct through which all the pipelines can pass so that the damage done by road cutting can be reduced.