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Bumps on Munirka flyover undo gains from new RTR

Bumps on Munirka flyover undo gains from new RTR

ROAD TO IGI: Potholes On Old Carriageway Add To Woes

New Delhi:

When the 2.7-km Rao Tula Ram Marg flyover — which branches from the Munirka flyover and ends before Army Research and Referral Hospital near Subroto Park close to National Highway-8 — was opened after a seemingly endless wait, it was expected to transform the lives of commuters.

While the new flyover has indeed eased travel between Gurgaon and IGI Airport, the macadam layer on the Munirka carriageway has come undone at various places, rendering it a bumpy ride. Potholes on the adjoining old RTR flyover have added to the chaos, with motorists having to slow down to avoid them.

Public Works Department claims that it has put the task of resurfacing flyovers across the city on the fast track, but the ground reality is different. Motorists say the condition of the flyover surface has been unchanged for months now. “This is an important flyover and should be repaired at the earliest,” said a commuter, Rajesh, who regularly takes the route.

Officer-goer Kishan Kumar added, “The situation here is terrible during the morning and evening peak hours. With motorists trying to evade the bumps, only a small part of the carriageway can be used and so traffic bunches up. For people who have offices near the airport, it’s a daily nightmare.” Most motorists TOI spoke to said they were spending at least 20 minutes extra on the road due to the bumps.

The problem gets ramified because these two flyovers also connect several south Delhi colonies with IGI Airport and are used by a large number of foreigners and dignitaries visiting the capital. While the monsoons and the construction ban imposed by the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority in the wake of the rising pollution in the city have often been cited as the reasons for stalling of infrastructural work, officials are at a loss to explain why the broken roads couldn’t be fixed when all they required was overnight action.

A PWD official said the flyover would be resurfaced by the end of March. “Since repairs were last conducted a couple of years ago, some patches have become uneven. We will fill those by the end of the next month,” he said.

The construction of the new RTR flyover was started in November 2014. It was to have been completed by November 2016, but missed several deadlines. It was finally open for public use in July last year.