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MCD, traffic police lock horns

Staff Reporter

Over Shadipur flyover repair work

NEW DELHI: The Shadipur flyover that connects West Delhi and Central Delhi has been suffering from neglect owing to a tussle between the Delhi traffic police and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi which is responsible for the maintenance of the 35-year-old flyover.

While the traffic police is blaming the civic body for inaction on repairing the road on which traffic would be diverted during the rehabilitation work on the flyover, the civic body is denying this claim and in turn blaming the traffic police for not giving them permission to undertake the rehabilitation work.

Blame game

DCP Traffic (West) Rupinder Kumar said: “During morning hours we have proposed use of a single carriageway for traffic moving towards Central Delhi and New Delhi and diversion of the returning traffic via Naraina. During evening hours the traffic arrangement would be reverse. Though commuters would have to face problems due to this diversion there is no other alternative to allow repair work on the flyover.”

“For this diversion, the MCD has to first initiate repair work on the road leading to Zakhira. But it has still not finished the re-carpeting of that road and we are waiting for it to be completed so that we can put up the necessary sign boards, circulation map and work out other things,” he added.

Meanwhile, cracks on the flyover’s surface have marred smooth traffic flow leading to bottlenecks, adding to the woes of commuters using the flyover during peak hours.

Though the contract for rehabilitating the flyover was awarded by the civic body in August last year, only 25 per cent of the work has been completed so far. “The main work on rehabilitation of girders and repair of joints, bearings and decking system is still pending,” said MCD Engineer-in-Chief Ravi Dass.

“The flyover is in a bad state and needs to be repaired urgently. We have given an ultimatum to the traffic police that if any mishap takes place on the flyover then they would be responsible. We have been requesting them for permission to undertake repair work for about one-and-a-half-years now and are ready to start the remaining work as soon as we get the go-ahead. But it appears that the permission is being withheld in anticipation of the traffic chaos in the area due to other ongoing constructions,” he added.

As for repairing the road leading to Zakhira to provide traffic diversion as per the traffic police, Mr. Dass said: “There is metro construction already on the road stretch leading to Zakhira. The Naraina bridge is also not open. The traffic police should divert traffic through some other route and give us permission to start our work. Or else we will have to appeal to Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna to intervene in the matter.”

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