Traffic alert: Gridlocks await those driving around central and east Delhi for the next three weeks.
A portion of Bhairon Marg in central Delhi that caved in on Monday will take at least three weeks to be repaired. And you can blame, the long weekend that begins with Holi on Thursday for the delay as well.
Tuesday was a nightmare for commuters, especially office-goers, heading into central Delhi from east and south, as within 24 hours, the hole near gate one of the Pragati Maidan Metro station had grown to a 20-feet deep crater.
Bumper to bumper traffic was reported as vehicles were diverted from Ring Road to Mathura Road and also to ITO and Vikas Marg.
“The jams are likely to continue at least for a few weeks,” special commissioner of police (traffic) Muktesh Chander said.
Bhairon Marg connects east Delhi with central and south with central part of the city. Around 30,000-40,000 vehicles cross the caved-in stretch during peak hours.
A damaged sewer line caused the collapse, the Delhi Jail Board (DJB) officials said. This is the fourth time in six months that a part of the arterial road collapsed.
Like on earlier occasions, a small crack opened up. It was repaired on Sunday. But, the fracture widened and the road gave in on Monday. Sewer water made the situation worse on Tuesday.
ITO, Vikas Marg, Noida Link Road, the Ring Road (towards Delhi Gate), National Highway-24, Mandi House, Sarai Kale Khan, Nizammudin, and India Gate were worst hit .
The DJB and public works department (PWD) officials were blaming each other.
They wouldn’t be able to carry out the repairs till DJB fixed the sewer line, a PWD official said.
The DJB blamed old pipelines and growing traffic. The sewer lines were laid in the 1950s and were worn out. The road was part of the Yamuna floodplain, making it unstable as the soil was porous, a DJB official said.
Their work had been complicated by the water dripping into the pit. “We started work on Monday night. The hole is very deep and it will take a while to repair it,” the DJB official said.