The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) has begun testing the load-bearing capacity of the newly-constructed elevated corridor between Azadpur and Prembari Pul in north Delhi. The tests come in the wake of apprehensions expressed by some about whether the structure will be able to bear the weight of heavy vehicular traffic.
The piers, which support the elevated corridor, do not take up too much space on the road, while the rest of the corridor has been divided into carriageways. The corridor is supported by a row of pillars, instead of two pillars holding up the construction on either side.
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Once the tests are completed, the elevated corridor will be thrown open to the public by the month end. The elevated road is expected to decongest areas such as Ashok Vihar, Shalimar Bagh and Wazirpur, said PWD officials.
They also claimed that the cost of the project was slashed by 20 per cent, thanks to new technology.
“We have been able to save 20 per cent of the cost. If we had used traditional technology, the project would have been delayed by at least four years. We were delayed by only five months, primarily because of an order by the National Green Tribunal against cutting down trees, which delayed the construction,” said a senior official.
On the need for carrying out load-tests, the official said, “Load testing is required to verify the satisfactory performance of the structure. Tests are being conducted after completing road work over the deck”.