Incessant rainfall in the past few weeks has damaged the city’s crucial Ring Road. Craters have developed at various stretches and surfaces have eroded away, causing long traffic snarls. Stretches near Nehru Nagar bus stop, Maharani Bagh bus stop, South Extension-I, Sarai Kale Khan intersection and Hyatt flyover have been affected. Although the potholes are deep enough to damage vehicles and injure pedestrians, concerned agencies are yet to initiate repairs.
Motorists claim that the executing agencies have not planned the roads well. This results in the roads getting damaged frequently even after a short spell of rain. They said the civic body should take problems into account before the arrival of the monsoon so that thousands of people don’t have to suffer. The traffic breakdowns result in long snarls, from Maharani Bagh up to South Extention-I and Safdarjung flyover. “A small amount of rain causes inconvenience as the entire stretch gets jammed. These potholes get filled with water and one can’t see what is ahead,” said Arpita Sapre, a resident of Kalindi Kunj.
In the past 15 days, these deadly stretches have caused four accidents. Traffic officials said the situation is dangerous for people on two-wheelers who are unable to assess the gravity of the damage on the road.
“Despite several repair projects, this road gets damaged frequently. This just shows that the Public Works Department (PWD) has wasted public money by using substandard material which cannot withstand rain,” said Vinod Kumar, a resident of Maharani Bagh.
A senior PWD official said they are working on a permanent solution. But, as a temporary measure, a drive has been initiated in which these tattered portions will be patched up. “The road will be levelled only after monsoon,” he said.
Nehru Nagar Bus stop
A major portion of the road going towards Noida, in front of the bus stop, has been severely damaged. This causes frequent traffic jams as commuters slow down to avoid the potholes. Although the problem erupted only a week ago, commuting has become a major challenge here. Motorists claim that the civic agency failed to take timely action as the road’s condition deteriorated after the rains.
Sarai Kale Khan intersection
This intersection is one of the most dangerous points on the Ring Road. According to motorists, the surface has eroded and the scattered gravel causes accidents. People on bikes and scooters struggle to keep their balance and drive on the damaged road.
“Riders are unable to figure out the depth of the potholes and may end up falling into them. Many times vehicles hit each other as part of a chain reaction, when the first vehicle slows down,” said Basharat Ahmed, a local businessman.
Many say the problem is because of choked drains, due to which roads remains waterlogged. This also doesn’t allow any kind of repair work to remain intact.
The damaged portions near the petrol pump are a concern. Some potholes have not been filled, while others have been raised and covered with concrete above the road level. The raised portion damages many cars. It also caused an accident on August 12 between two bikers.
“Poor planning by agencies has added to our woes. The roads are damaged as there is no outlet for rain water. We face inconvenience every year and the PWD has failed to come up with a solution,” said Vipin Gupta, a resident of Defence Colony.
Maharani Bagh bus stop
This 500m stretch is used by those going towards Noida and AIIMS. The stretch gets damaged frequently as there is no proper mechanism of water disposal on either side of the road. “Locals and motorists have to suffer due to lack of consensus between the municipal agency and PWD over the outlet for rain water,” said Ram Mangla, who lives in the Kalindi Colony next to the bus stop.
Near Hyatt flyover
The 300m stretch, going towards Dhaula Kuan, is damaged and full of potholes due to constant leakage. A pipeline here has been repaired a number of times, but authorities have failed to find a permanent solution. This stretch becomes dangerous as motorists have to drastically reduce the speed of their vehicles. During peak hours, the tailback goes till Safdarjung flyover.