Bridge over Hindon from Ghaziabad to Mohan Nagar shut after cracks surface
The bridge is a lifeline for commuters from Ghaziabad city, Meerut, Raj Nagar Extension and also long-distance commuters from Uttarakhand to move to the Mohan Nagar crossing and further to Delhi. It is estimated that nearly one lakh vehicles use the bridges — old and adjoining new one — every day.Updated: Jul 05, 2017 10:18 IST
The Ghaziabad district administration on Thursday evening shut a bridge over the Hindon after cracks were found on its surface and it was found unsafe for vehicular movement. Sources said that the bridge has been in existence for 60 years and is a major link between NCR cities.
The bridge is a lifeline for commuters from Ghaziabad city, Meerut, Raj Nagar Extension and also long-distance commuters from Uttarakhand to move to the Mohan Nagar crossing and further to Delhi. It is estimated that nearly one lakh vehicles use the bridges — old and adjoining new one — every day.
After being informed by passersby, police officials reached the spot and said that they found large cracks in the structure of the two-lane bridge. Afterwards, the district magistrate (DM) Ministhy S and senior superintendent of police HN Singh also arrived at the spot and directed engineers of different agencies to take stock of the situation.
“After an on-spot assessment, we found that the bridge is old and has developed some cracks. As a precautionary measure, we have stopped vehicular movement and roped in engineers from four agencies, including public works department, UP state bridge corporation and the metro, for assessing it,” the DM said.
“We have asked the engineers to submit a preliminary assessment report which will also be sent to the state government. Till we get clearance or repairs, the bridge will remain shut and traffic will be diverted on alternative routes,” she said.
At present, there are four bridges on the GT Road over river Hindon — one on which cracks have surfaced that leads from Ghaziabad to Mohan Nagar, a one-lane bridge used by vehicles to move to Ghaziabad from Mohan Nagar, a two-lane bridge that leads from Mohan Nagar to Ghaziabad and one that leads commuters from Ghaziabad city to Vasundhara.
“At present, we are using the single-lane bridge to move traffic from Ghaziabad to Mohan Nagar. The new two-lane bridge is used regularly for vehicles coming from Mohan Nagar to Ghaziabad. We are also chalking out a plan to divert vehicles,” said Shyam Narayan Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
Officials have put up barricades and have deployed traffic personnel at the bridge, which is now shut till further orders from the district administration.
The location is of vital importance due to ongoing construction of 9.41km metro route, which has a station at river Hindon. Also, the 10.3km Hindon elevated road also passes and crosses the river at the same point.
Commuters can use alternative routes to travel during the rush hour. Commuters from Mohan Nagar can use the Karhera Road and the new Raj Nagar Extension overbridge to bypass the old bridge and reach Ghaziabad city. Commuters from Ghaziabad city can move up to Raj Nagar Extension and use the new overbridge near Karhera to reach Mohan Nagar.
Commuters from Ghaziabad can use the fourth bridge to move towards Vasundhara and then use the Link Road to reach Mohan Nagar. Commuters travelling to NH-24 can use the Vasundhara bridge or the newly constructed NH-24 to NH-58 Link Road to reach their destinations.
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 22:26 IST