It’s been more than three months since the Janak Setu, which connects south Delhi with the Capital’s west, was closed to traffic and the commuters are still waiting for it to reopen.
Inconvenienced commuters have been facing hour-long traffic jams for the past three months now. The flyover was closed to traffic due to sagging of the structure on June 7.
Adding to the woes of commuters is the other route connecting west Delhi with the southern region which is also in shambles. And there seems to be no respite in site for the authorities are busy playing the blame game.
The alternate route, Pankha Road, to which the traffic has been diverted, is in an extremely bad shape.
“There is a small stretch of road between Pankha Road flyover and Kirbi Place flyover — about half-a-kilometer-long — both carriageways of which have been in an appalling condition for the past six months. This has worsened the situation for the commuters as well as local residents,” said AS Nagpal, a resident of Vikaspuri.
Commuters complain that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the authority which is responsible for carrying out the repair work, isn’t bothered about the flyover and the entire west Delhi area is suffering because of their apathetic attitude.
“The MCD has been making false promises ever since the flyover was closed for commuters. The approximately 2km stretch used to be covered in barely 10 minutes through the flyover, but now it takes us at least an hour to cover this stretch,” said Priyanka Anand, a resident of Janakpuri.
Residents and shopkeepers of the area had also staged a protest to draw the civic agency’s attention towards the issue, but still there has been very little progress.
“Due to heavy rains, we are facing more difficulties. We have no option but to go through the Janakpuri institutional area and the road can’t handle such heavy flow of traffic. Thankfully, the traffic police are managing it well,” said Hemant Setiya, an area resident.
A senior MCD official denied that the work is going at a slow pace. “The work for reinforcement of the girder beam is going on right now. The repair work of Janak Setu Flyover will be completed by October 31 while the repair work on Sagarpur-Pankha Road will be completed by the September 27,” said a senior MCD official.
The cost of the restoration work is Rs7.6 crore. Under this, the bearings and expansion joints of the flyover are being strengthened, apart from other works. The three-decade-old flyover was constructed in 1981-82 as part of the Asian Games projects.