Commuters and officials in Gurgaon received a scare late Monday evening when a concrete slab fell off a railway overhead bridge onto the tracks below. While nobody was injured in the incident, traffic had to be diverted through Gadauli and Dhanwapur till the stability of the structure could be confirmed.
According to officials, the incident took place at 7 pm on the two-lane bridge near the Basai Dhankot railway station. A concrete slab crumbled and fell through the metal rods below, creating a gap of about four feet in the structure.
Officials from the Public Works Department (PWD) said the bridge was constructed “six or seven years ago”, but has since been handed over to the municipal corporation. They also clarified that the stretch which crumbled was built and managed by the Railways.
Elaborating on the situation, Northern Railways spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said, “As per the observation of field officers, the wearing coat on it (the bridge) was found badly damaged. This is probably why the slab crumbled. We are looking into other construction defects as well which requires further investigation. This repair work will take 10 to 15 days.” He added, “Half the carriageway has been closed for traffic till repair.”
Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon T L Satyaprakash said, “We were informed that a section of the flyover had chipped off. It has not given way as such, but has definitely been weakened. As of now, it is unclear why this has happened, but our engineers have been instructed to conduct an investigation and submit a report,” he said.
On Tuesday, officials said traffic was allowed onto the flyover. The section that crumbled was cordoned off for repair work.