A month into the closure of the Janak Setu flyover, which connects south Delhi with Capital’s west, restoration work is yet to start. Inconvenienced commuters will continue to face traffic jams at least for the next four months, as restoration work will continue till then. The situation will worsen as the monsoon sets in further.
Officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which is responsible for carrying out the repair work, claims that anticipation approval has been given so that the work could start soon.
However, motorists have been facing hour-long jams for the past one month, as they have to take a longer route that is not designed to handle such a huge flow of traffic.
The flyover is a main point which connects Janakpuri with Kirbi Place on Pankha Road. The approximately 2-km stretch used to be covered in barely 10 minutes due to the flyover, but motorists now take at least an hour to cover this stretch as they are forced to use the alternative route that is via Sagarpur Flyover.
“Earlier, it took us barely 10 minutes to reach Kirbi Place, which is a major intersection for those coming from west Delhi . With the flyover closed for traffic, we have no option but to go through Janakpuri’s D-block, a residential area, and the road can’t handle such heavy flow of traffic,” said Sudhir Sharma, a resident of Janakpuri.
Commuters from areas such as Tilak Nagar Vikaspuri, Hari Nagar, Dwaraka, among others used the flyover daily to cut down on travel time.
“Anticipation approval has been given and work will begin in 10 days time. The cost of the restoration work is R7.6 crore. Under this, the bearings and the expansion joints will be strengthened, apart from other works,” said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of the Works Committee of the MCD.
The traffic police, which had earlier advised the commuters to use Sagarpur flyover or Ring Road to travel from Delhi Cantonment to Jail Road side, says it has received no communication from the MCD about the restoration work. “Naturally, commuters are facing a lot of problem as they have to take the longer route. But we can’t do much as the restoration work has to be done by MCD,” said Prem Nath, DCP, southern range (traffic).