With monsoon’s arrival, many residents and motorists have complained of waterlogging on broken roads that lead to massive traffic jams all across the city. However, a tattered stretch in south Delhi has been troubling motorists for the past one year. Commuting on the Ring Road near Hyatt flyover even during light showers is a nightmare. The 300m stretch, going towards Dhaula Kuan, is full of potholes and damaged due to constant leakage. The broken road may also cause accidents.
According to Delhi traffic police, the road has caved in because of a leaking water pipeline which has been repaired a number of times. They claim the concerned agency has not fixed the problem permanently.
They say that the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) pipeline, along RK Puram’s sector 12, has been laid only six feet deep in the ground. It has developed cracks due to the movement of heavy duty vehicles here. The traffic officials of the southern range have also written to the water utility to fix the problem, but in vain.
“The agency fixes the rupture temporarily and it gets damaged after some time. The pipeline should have been laid deeper to avoid such frequent ruptures. The road gives away soon after the leakage begins, and the situation worsens during monsoons,” said a senior traffic official.
He said the situation is dangerous as motorists have to drastically reduce the speed of the vehicles here. Motorists have to slow down to an average speed of 5-10 km/per hour, holding up traffic in almost a kilometer-long jam. During peak hours, the tailback goes till Safdarjung flyover. The potholes have also led to frequent breakdowns leading to long snarls.
Despite potholes becoming a major talking point after a motorist lost his life last week after tripping into one, the concerned agencies are yet to take note of this stretch. Besides slowing down the otherwise fast-moving traffic, the damaged patch can endanger motorists’ life, in particular, those riding two-wheelers.
“I was returning from Moti Bagh when I got stuck at the flyover for almost 25 minutes. The next day, I was riding on the same stretch after dusk when my bike almost tripped into a pothole. It was a close shave and I could have been seriously injured,” said Amit Bhatia, of Moti Bagh.
During monsoon, the potholes get filled with water. This is dangerous, especially for those riding two-wheelers who are unable to figure out the depth of the pothole and may end up falling into them.
Harendra K Singh, DCP traffic (south), said, “Unless the recurring water leakage problem is rectified permanently, the situation will not change. The short-term dressing up of the patch does not hold for longer than a month or so, resulting in major congestion. At times, during the monsoon we have to barricade the carriageway because of the damaged road. We have even written to the DJB’s CEO about the problem and updated their control room, but no long-term measures have been taken. Also, Metro authorities have to allow the patch to be repaired and re-carpeted.”
Meanwhile, a senior DJB official said, “We did repair the leakage some time ago. However, we will have to take up an overall inspection of the line to assess the situation. Some of these roads are old and need to be re-carpeted. We will look into the problem on priority basis.”