Footpath on flyover at Ashram caves in
Debris Drops On Rly Tracks; No One Injured
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