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Team of experts visits Janak Setu

delhi Updated: Jun 09, 2011 00:05 IST
HT Correspondent

Two days after Janak Setu flyover was shut for vehicular traffic, a team from Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) finally inspected it on Wednesday.

The flyover was closed for traffic due to sagging of the structure, but the MCD which maintains it, is yet to decide on a date for its restoration work to start.

According to the civic agency, a team of experts from CBRI carried out extensive inspection of Janak Setu with regard to its overall structural stability and the recent sagging.

"The team was accompanied by an engineer-in-chief and other senior engineers from MCD. The matter was subsequently discussed at length with the municipal commissioner too. The final decision will be taken in a few days time. The MCD will take further action on receipt of the conclusive report of the CBRI," said Deep Mathur, director, press and information, MCD.

The three-decade old flyover, on the road that connects Jail Road to Delhi Cantonment, was fully closed on Tuesday after a 7-inch slump was noticed in the structure.

"We are trying to start the restoration work at the earliest following completion of technical inputs. We will ensure that minimum possible inconvenience is caused to public. The traffic on the bridge has been closed in consultation with the traffic police," added Mathur.

"No traffic jams in the close vicinity of the bridge have been reported. We will still keep our deployments at all the intersections close to the bridge till it opens for public," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The Janak Setu was constructed in 1981-82 as part of the Asian Games projects. The MCD had developed a rehabilitation plan for the bridge to restore its load bearing capacity. The plan involves an expenditure of Rs 7 crore.