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Repairs on burst pipe hold up traffic during peak hours

Commuters said congestion at the junction was aggravated due to the repairs, leading to them taking around 30 minutes to cross the area, which is congested most times.

gurgaon Updated: May 02, 2019 04:50 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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An earthmover removes soil above the damaged pipeline, which threw traffic into disarray.(HT Photo)

Traffic at Vatika Chowk on Sohna Road, one of the busiest junctions in the city was severely affected for nearly two hours on Wednesday morning as authorities blocked an entire lane of a carriageway to fix pipeline burst.

Vatika Chowk, an important four-way junction in the city, sees a high volume of traffic converging from Golf Course Extension Road, Southern Peripheral Road, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Sohna, on a regular basis.

During peak hours, commuters said that it takes commuters more than 15-20 minutes to cross the junction.

Traffic police officers said the pipeline had developed leaks on Monday, as a result of which water had started to accumulate on the main road.

Satya Narayan, assistant sub-inspector, said that between 8.45am and 11am, officials of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) used an earthmover to remove around three-four feet of soil above the damaged pipeline, after which two men entered the pit and carried out the repairs.

“The earthmover was occupying a lane of the carriageway heading towards Rajiv Chowk, as a result of which there were snarls at the junction. While marshalls were on the ground to direct traffic, the sheer volume of vehicles, combined with the repair work led to a bottleneck,” Narayan said.

Muhammad Akil, police commissioner, Gurugram police, said that once the removed soil dried, traffic police refilled the pit and laid a layer of bitumen on top.

“We have set up traffic cones and barricades around the affected spot to ensure a vehicle does not get stuck in the mud. Once the bitumen dries, the spot will be opened for traffic. In addition, traffic police officers also removed encroachments across Sohna Road by directing street vendors to relocate to other spots and also told shopkeepers to keep their goods inside their shops instead of placing them on the main roads. Several steps were taken to reduce congestion across Sohna Road and minimise accidents,” Akil said.

Sandeep Dahiya, executive engineer, GMDA, said the traffic police had been informed about the repairs in advance.

“A line linked to the master pipeline had developed leakage, as a result of which GMDA had to carry out repairs. We had informed traffic police about the work in advance,” Dahiya said.

Commuters said congestion at the junction was aggravated due to the repairs, leading to them taking around 30 minutes to cross the area, which is congested most times.

“Vatika Chowk is a constant bottleneck. Hence, any disruption to the traffic flow has a major impact on mobility. The earthmover was stationed at the point where traffic coming from Golf Course Extension Road turns right towards Rajiv Chowk. Since vehicles had to avoid one lane that was obstructed by the earthmover, there were snarls at the junction, which took commuters more than 30 minutes to clear,” Harshit Shukla, a resident of Sector 50, said.

First Published: May 02, 2019 04:50 IST