The ongoing re-carpeting of road at Moolchand Underpass, a prominent road in South Delhi, has become death trap for scooterists. There is a difference of at least two inches between the old road and the new layer of road.
The Public Works Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council — the three prominent road-laying agencies — have taken up re-carpeting of roads in the Capital for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. There are several stretches where the motorists hit a bump in the road because the contractors did not level the merging roads.
The road technology experts and the engineers of the road-laying agencies accept the problem is more prominent where roads coming from two different directions merge.
"The work should be taken up in a manner to ensure that once traffic starts moving on the re-carpeted road, the ride is smooth. But this has not been done," said K.K. Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation.
"It is very important that the contractors follow the work specifications and ensure that roads are properly levelled and remaining material and dust is swept off and the surface of road is conducive for driving," said Dipak Mukhopadhyay, former engineer-in-chief, MCD.
However, senior PWD officials said the road re-carpeting contract has been awarded to an experienced road laying company and all specifications had been followed.
"I have directed my engineers as well as the work contractor to place caution signage at and before the work sites and barricade the site properly," PWD engineer-in-chief Rakesh Mishra said.