Commuters in and around DND and Ashram area have spent hours stuck in traffic snarls in the last two days following the dislocation of a gantry crane at an under-construction Metro site at Ashram Chowk during the dust storm Monday evening.
Traffic authorities have been forced to cordon off the DND-Ashram carriageway. Officials said it will take at least two more days to clear the area.
Vehicles on their way to Badarpur from Barapullah were also affected by the blocked road. “Is the route to Faridabad from South ex still jam packed?” one of the commuters asked Delhi Police in a tweet.
The traffic from Sarai Kale Khan or Barapullah is being diverted to Lajpat Nagar flyover and further onwards to DND, while traffic from DND is being routed over the Ashram flyover to Captain Gaur Marg below the Lajpat Nagar flyover, said traffic police.
“Metro officials have been trying to clear the crane for the last two days but they have not been able to do so. They have brought in four cranes to re-position the damaged gantry crane. The work might take another two days. We closed the carriageway to traffic for safety reasons though the damaged crane is not fully blocking the road,” said a traffic police officer.