Repair work on Lajpat Nagar flyover delayed again
According to the normal diversion plan, motorists going toward Ashram from Moolchand were to take the road below the flyover during the time traffic on the second carriageway were to be blocked.delhi Updated: Feb 03, 2018 23:59 IST
Repair work on the second carriageway of the Lajpat Nagar flyover, which had developed gaps in December last year, has been delayed again.
Work was to start from January 15 but was postponed due to Republic Day and was rescheduled for February 1.
Public works department (PWD) officials said the delay this time is because they were denied permission for traffic restrictions on the carriageway from Moolchand towards Ashram over unavailability of an alternative route to divert commuters.
According to the normal diversion plan, motorists going toward Ashram from Moolchand were to take the road below the flyover during the time traffic on the second carriageway were to be blocked.
“We have sought permission from the traffic department for repair work but our request was denied, saying that Delhi Metro’s construction activity was going on the road below the flyover and currently there is no alternative route to divert the traffic,” a PWD official said.
Ring Road is one of the most important arterial roads in Delhi, carrying a heavy volume of traffic. The affected stretch of Ring Road passes through Lajpat Nagar, Moolchand, South Extension and witnesses heavy traffic.
“We will need complete closure of the carriageway for around two weeks to repair the gaps using modular expansion joints. I am hopeful of getting permission in the next 15 days,” the PWD official said.
Delhi Metro’s under-construction Pink Line (Majlis Park to Shiv Vihar) passes through this section of Ring Road.
“DMRC’s work is in its final stages in all major stretches of Phase-3. We are progressing at great pace. Efforts will be made to partially vacate the Vinobapuri flyover (Lajpat Nagar flyover) by February 15. The entire work will be completed by March,” a DMRC spokesperson said.
Special commissioner of police (Traffic), Dependra Pathak, said it was not that permission was denied to PWD to carry out repair work. He said they were asked to wait for a few days until DMRC’s work was completed.
“DMRC’s work will be completed in 10 days and after that PWD can take over the site for repair. Coordination between the agencies concerned has been done to allow hassle-free traffic on the road,” Pathak said.
The flyover, constructed in 2006, had developed massive gaps on both of its carriageways. The traffic department had advised PWD officials to carry out repairs in two phases. In the first phase between January 1 and 14 one carriageway – from Ashram towards Moolchand – was repaired.