New Delhi: The Lajpat Nagar Flyover – between Ashram and Moolchand in south Delhi – has developed an opening of nearly eight inches, raising safety concerns for hundreds of commutters taking the stretch daily.
As motorists face problems while passing through the stretch, the Public Works Department has decided to begin repairing the 1.5-km-long flyover on the busy Ring Road in two phases, starting 2 January.
During the first phase of the repair, one carriageway from Ashram Chowk to Moolchand is expected to remain shut between 1 and 14 January.
During the second phase, the carriageway from Moolchand to Ashram Chowk will remain closed between 15 and 28 January.
The PWD said there was no need to panic as such cavities do occur on flyovers as a result of natural contraction of girders during the winter season.
A PWD official said such joints between two girders expand in summers and shrink in winters. The official said special joints were used to fill the gaps during winters.
“To avoid congestion and delays, road users and motorists are advised to take Mathura Road, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road, MoolChand flyover, Lodhi Road, Bhishm Pitamah Marg or Ring Road while commuting from south Delhi to central Delhi and vice-versa,” DCP (traffic, southern range) Vijay Singh said.
He said since one of the carriageways of the flyover will remain shut, travellers taking the flyover towards Ashram will take the adjoining road.
They should expect congestion on the adjoining roads, the officer said.
“Traffic police has given us permission to carry out the repair on the flyover now,” the official said on condition of anonymity.
The Ring Road is one of the busiest arterial roads in Delhi.
Earlier this month, the Delhi government approved a project to improve the Ring Road – from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to Ashram.
The work on the five-km stretch would be carried out by the PWD at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore.