Foot­path on fly­over at Ashram caves in

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GAP­ING HOLE: Of­fi­cials con­firmed the fly­over was in dire need of re­pairs and work was planned in Novem­ber. The foot­path has been kept out of bounds for pedes­tri­ans with se­cu­rity tapes and bar­ri­cades New Delhi: A tragedy was averted when a huge sec­tion of the foot­path of the fly­over con­nect­ing Ashram and Bho­gal broke and fell on the rail­way tracks near Hazrat Niza­mud­din sta­tion early on Wed­nes­day. It was on the list of fly­overs on which re­pairs were to be car­ried out this year.

Had peo­ple been cross­ing this weak and di­lap­i­dated sec­tion when it fell, there would have been ca­su­al­ties. No se­ri­ous ac­tion was, how­ever, taken even 48 hours af­ter the col­lapse. Only three bar­ri­cades with safety tapes could be seen on the spot.

The 300-me­tre fly­over con­nects Ashram with the Bho­gal area in Jang­pura in south Delhi. The bro­ken sec­tion of the foot­path is along the car­riage­way head­ing from Bho­gal to Ashram. The fly­over is al­most 10 me­tres above the rail­way tracks. A densely pop­u­lated res­i­den­tial colony lies not more than 10 me­tres away.

Of­fi­cials con­firmed that the fly­over was in dire need of re­pairs. “It was on the list of fly­overs on which re­pairs were to be car­ried out this year. The re­pair work was planned in Novem­ber, but now since a por­tion of it

has col­lapsed, the Pub­lic Works Depart­ment will re­pair this fly­over at the ear­li­est,” said a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

“As soon as the news of the col­lapse reached us, we asked the po­lice to put up bar­ri­cades and se­cu­rity tapes near the dam­aged part of the fly­over. It has been kept out of bounds for pedes­tri­ans to en­sure their safety,” the of­fi­cial added.

The fly­over has proved to be a night­mare for the res­i­dents liv­ing in the vicin­ity. “It might be use­ful for the com­muters cross­ing the area, but parts of the fly­over’s rail­ing keep fall­ing down every now and then. Of­fi­cials had even put up a tin sheet next to the foot­path which col­lapsed. We de­serve to live a re­spectable life, and the agen­cies con­cer

ned should make sure that such a thing should not hap­pen again,” Ka­mal Ku­mar, a res­i­dent, told TOI.

An­other res­i­dent, Vikky Singh, who works at a gar­ment store nearby, said that it was an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

“The fly­over has not been re­paired since long de­spite con­crete ma­te­rial of­ten fall­ing down the fly­over. Had some­one been us­ing the foot­path when it broke, it would have turned into a ma­jor tragedy. Luck­ily, there was no train cross­ing the rail­way tracks too,” added Singh.

To de­con­gest the area, the PWD is also con­struct­ing an un­der­pass at the Ashram Chowk, which is an im­por­tant link be­tween cen­tral and south Delhi with the satel­lite towns of Noida and Farid­abad. The in­ter­sec­tion con­nects Mathura Road, Na­tional High­way-2 and the Ring Road link­ing La­j­pat Na­gar-Sarai Kale Khan and DND Fly­way.

Dur­ing the peak traf­fic hours, mas­sive jams are a com­mon sight on Mathura Road and Ashram fly­over. Traf­fic po­lice data shows that around 3 lakh ve­hi­cles cross the Ashram in­ter­sec­tion every day dur­ing peak hours.

The bro­ken sec­tion is along the car­riage­way head­ing from Bho­gal to Ashram. The fly­over is al­most 10 me­tres above the rail­way tracks. A densely pop­u­lated res­i­den­tial colony lies not more than 10 me­tres away

Tarun Rawat

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