June 8, 2011 1:37:23 am
The traffic remained shut for the second day on Tuesday on one of the carriageways of the Janak Setu,after it sagged by nearly seven inches. Heavy vehicles,meanwhile,were not allowed on the other carriageway.
The bridge is on an arterial road,which connects South and West Delhi.
Subhash Agarwal,a regular on the route between Janakpuri and Satya Niketan,said,Normally,it takes me half an hour to get to my shop outside Venkateswara College,but because of the jams and the diversion its been two hours since I left home,and Im still not even close to reaching there.
Traffic police officials on duty said vehicles were diverted to Ring Road and the Sagarpur flyover. We are not allowing a left from the Brar Square either. As a result the Ring Road is also clogged with more than double the usual volume of traffic, an official said.
Suraj Choudhary,a resident of Moti Bagh,said,I always use the Ring Road to get to South Delhi. Last evening,it took me three hours to get to South Extension. And Im stuck here again.
Worst affected are commuters in non-AC buses. Shambu Singh,a commuter on DTC bus (route 711),said,The only source of ventilation in a bus are the windows,but when the bus isnt moving the heat is unbearable.
The MCD,which is deliberating with the Central Building Research Institute for the restoration of the bridge,has not set a date for when the road will be operational again. Deep Mathur,MCD spokesperson,said,We dont have information about that at the moment.
An MCD team of engineers inspected the site on Tuesday and a CBRI team expected to check it on Wednesday. The Setu was built for the 1982 Asian Games and a Rs 7-crore plan for its restoration was already in the works when the bridge sagged.
A traffic constable on duty said,The maintenance of the bridge is not our concern,and with it being a main road we are doing the best we can under the circumstances.
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