A day after the Hindustan Times drew attention to the missing railing and iron grill on the Yamuna Bridge, barricades have been put up to cover the wide breach.
Public Works Department (PWD) officials blamed Friday night’s storm for the gap.
“We will put up warning boards to make pedestrians and motorists aware of the breach,” PWD chief engineer (Maintenance) Vinay Kumar said.
Interestingly, while the railing has outlived its life, there is no plan for repairing it as yet.
“With the small fund available for maintenance, the repair of this railing was not in our scheme of things. But now we will take up this job on priority,” a PWD official said.
According to a senior PWD official, a private consultant was asked to study the structure and suggest repair and maintenance work required to strengthen the bridge.
The breach on the Yamuna bridge is not a singular example. Similar missing railings can be found on the Oberoi flyover.
The PWD had started the construction of crash barriers but left the work midway. Officials allege the traffic police forced them to abandon the repair work.
“The contractor had started repair work without taking mandatory safety measures, like putting a net under the flyover. We asked the agency concerned to stop the work immediately,” said a senior traffic official.
More than a month has passed since the work was stopped, but it has not resumed yet.
The absence of traffic marshals and lack of adequate warning signals have turned this stretch risky for motorists as well as pedestrians.
Some time ago, a slab of the recently opened disused canal connecting Geeta Colony with Karkari Morh in east Delhi was found missing, posing a danger to commuters.