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Janak Setu traffic will have to wait,repair work starts

A month after a portion of the Janak Setu bridge sagged around 5 to 7 inches,the MCD is all set to begin repairs of the damaged portions starting Saturday.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi |
July 9, 2011 12:28:37 am

A month after a portion of the Janak Setu bridge sagged around 5 to 7 inches,the MCD is all set to begin repairs of the damaged portions starting Saturday. Since both carriageways of the bridge have been shut for a month,the traffic nightmare for passengers is likely to prolong for at least for another month.

“The first priority is to repair the damages and get the bridge functional again,” said Deep Mathur,MCD spokesperson.

Once the reparation is done,the MCD plans to implement a Rs seven crore rehabilitation plan for the Janak Setu to restore it to its original load bearing capacity,which,incidentally,was in the pipeline two months before the faults were spotted on the bridge.

“Tenders for that process have started to come in. It is a complicated procedure and will take nine months. We will consult the Traffic Police on this. But,traffic will be allowed when this is being implemented.”

The Janak Setu was built in 1981,as part of preparations for the 1982 Asian Games.

In the meanwhile,traffic is being diverted towards the Sagarpur Flyover,and towards the Ring Road via Thimayya Road.

“Because it is an important arterial road,there are no alternatives to reroute traffic other than these. This is the main road that connects south to west Delhi. We are trying our best,but it is a difficult situation,” said Paldan,Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

For commuters,a journey which usually take half an hour,now take no less than two hours since a breach was detected on the bridge on June 6.

Mrs K Singh,who commutes on the route every day said,“The road has been shut for nearly a month and it takes nearly two and a half hours everyday to get to Gole Market.,which would usually take 40 minutes. I have to use the Sagarpur flyover,which was originally built to lessen the load on the Janak Setu. Other than that,there is no other option.”

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