Nizamuddin Bridge: Repair work will take a month-and-half
Nizamuddin Bridge, one of the lifelines of the national Capital and one that has catered to lakhs of commuters for 15 years, is all set to undergo major repair works for the first time.
Built in 1997, the 550-metre bridge that connects east Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad with the rest of Delhi will be under repair for at least a month and a half. The work will begin from February 3.The Public Works Department (PWD), in consultation with Delhi traffic police, has decided to start the repair works.
"During the repair works, we will change the bridge's three expansion joints, which is the need of the hour. Expansion joints need to be changed every 12 to 15 years. But since it became operational it never underwent such repair works," said a senior engineer of PWD, who did not wish to be named.
"Repair works will be done in two parts and each part would take at least 20 days to be completed," he added.
The bridge often witnesses traffic congestion as flow of vehicles on eight-lane NH24 suddenly faces a bottleneck once they get into the three-lane carriageway of the bridge.
The bridge that had earlier suffered damages to concrete due to various reasons, including heavy corrosion of RCC elements, has two independent carriageways.
Keeping in view that thousands of motorists depend on the bridge during morning peak hours, traffic police have asked the PWD not to start repair works on the entire bridge and to work on two lanes of a carriageway.
"Two lanes at a time will be under repair, resulting in less space for traffic to move," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic). Massive traffic congestion is also expected on the Ring Road, Noida Link Road and National Highway -24.
Delhi Traffic Police have advised motorists to take alternative routes including Kalindi Kunj, Delhi Noida Delhi flyway, Geeta Colony and ISBT flyovers for their journeys from trans-Yamuna area to central Delhi and vice versa.
Delhi Traffic Police will make extensive arrangements to minimize inconvenience to commuters by making four lanes available for movement from trans-Yamuna area to central Delhi in the morning and four lanes for going back to trans-Yamuna in the evening, Garg added.