It is official, Delhi has a heart block. Delhi traffic police have identified over 100 arterial roads that will not remain fit to drive on during the monsoon. And when the monsoon arrives, it is Delhiites who will suffer the traffic onslaught.
The roads, which include central Delhi roads such as the Ashoka Road, Akbar Road, Mathura Road and Bhairon Road, are full of potholes, and already much damaged.
"We have conducted a thorough survey and identified roads which need to be repaired immediately," said BS Bassi, special commissioner of police (traffic).
"We will soon communicate with the concerned civic agencies on this matter. The damages, however, might aggravate and cause massive trouble for road users during the rainy season," the special commissioner of police (traffic) added.
Many of these roads were in the list of 'damaged roads' that Delhi police identified a year ago.
In fact, the government directed the concerned civic agencies to repair them by September 20, to ensure a smooth ride around the Capital for guests during the Commonwealth Games in October 2010.
As damage-control measure, however, the traffic police have come up with some monsoon measures.
Even at the cost of regular traffic management across the Capital, Delhi police will deploy a sizeable strength of its manpower at vulnerable points such as Tilak Marg, Delhi Gate, Minto Bridge, Rajouri Garden Crossing, Zakir Hussein Marg, Bhairon Road, and Mathura Road T point.
Their job will be to manage, divert and control traffic in case the signals don't function.
"We will also ask the civic agencies to deploy their staff at those roads that are prone to waterlogging, to assist our men in helping motorists and pedestrians during heavy rains," said a senior officer of Delhi traffic police.
Besides, there would be disaster recovery vans ready to help the motorists in need, he added.
The traffic department is also forming a team of officers to liaison with concerned officials of civic agencies which have water pumps installed at several places including Bhairon Road, Railway Bridge, Tilak Bridge, and Minto Road among others.
"We would make the best use of these pumps to pump out logged in water from the roads," the officer added.