Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram Lifeinthecity -

PWD of­fi­cials say that the con­sul­tants will first do an in­spec­tion of th­ese fly­overs and then carry out tests to as­sess the strength and con­di­tion of the struc­tures. “We have asked them to pre­pare the re­ports in three months’ time. Based on the re­port, we will plan the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work. The re­pair work will start next year,” added the PWD of­fi­cial cited in the first in­stance.

There are 86 fly­overs on PWD roads across Delhi, of which 11 were con­structed in the 1980s and the ’90s. Af­ter prob­lems were re­ported in the La­j­pat Na­gar fly­over last year, PWD made vis­ual in­spec­tion of sev­eral fly­overs.

While re­pair work on sev­eral fly­overs such as Ak­shard­ham, La­j­pat Na­gar, Meera Bagh and De­fence Colony have been com­pleted, the depart­ment is in the process of re­pair­ing other fly­overs. In East Delhi; it has started re­pair work on the Shreshtha Vi­har fly­over and will soon start the work on Nand Na­gri fly­over.

HT re­cently re­ported cracks in the Nehru Na­gar rail Road Over Bridge (ROB), which is nearly 50 years old, near Ashram in south Delhi. Delhi PWD is in the process of pre­par­ing es­ti­mates for its re­pair. Ac­cord­ing to PWD of­fi­cials, the re­pair of Nehru Na­gar ROB will cost close to ₹15 crore and will start early next year.

Road safety and trans­port plan­ning ex­perts stress the need for reg­u­lar main­te­nance of road in­fra­struc­ture in the city. “Th­ese fly­overs are lo­cated on ar­te­rial roads with high ve­hic­u­lar load. Chi­rag Dilli and Kash­mere Gate are used by heavy ve­hi­cles, as th­ese are lo­cated on the Outer Ring Road. The gov­ern­ment should de­vise a plan for reg­u­lar main­te­nance of fly­overs. While new fly­overs are be­ing con­structed in the city, it is im­por­tant to re­pair and re­ha­bil­i­tate old ones as struc­tural de­fects can lead to fail­ure of the struc­ture, ” said Sewa Ram, pro­fes­sor of trans­port plan­ning at the School of Plan­ning and Ar­chi­tec­ture.

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