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10-inch gap appears in Lajpat Nagar flyover

New Delhi: It's always scary to be on a flyover that has developed a huge gap of approximately 10 inches which can allow motorists to have a look beneath the flyover clearly while riding their vehicles.
The motorists on the Lajpat Nagar flyover connecting Ashram and Moolchand in South East Delhi felt the same when they came across a huge wide gap on the flyover.
The huge gap made movement risky for motorists, forcing Delhi Traffic Police to take preventive measures and divert traffic, especially two-wheelers. Normally, every flyover has such joints between two girders supported by pillars.
In summers, these girders expand while during winters they shrink. So, this seems to be a case of shrinking of girders which the Public Works Department says will fix soon.
"There is a difference between a crack and a gap, while cracks are hardly noticable but the gaps this huge are always scary as you can see through," said Neeraj, a commuter.
The news of the gap compelled Delhi Traffic Police to suggest commuters specially the two wheelers to avoid the route. "There is gap in joints on Lajpat Nagar Flyover from Ashram to Moolchand, two wheelers please avoid this route." tweeted the Traffic police.
Meanwhile, after the news spread the PWD swung into action and has said it is going to take up the repair works.
Delhi Traffic Police DCP Vijay Singh said, "The PWD is undertaking the work of rehabilitation of Lajpat Nagar Flyover from January 1. In the first phase, one carriageway from Ashram Chowk to Moolchand will remain closed from January 1 to 14 January.
In the second phase, the carriageway from Moolchand to Ashram Chowk will remain closed from 15 January to 28 for the repairs.
As one of the carriageways of the flyover will remain closed, the traffic bound to go over the Lajpat Nagar flyover towards Ashram will have to take the adjoining road at the ground level."
This is not the first time the gap on the flyover appeared, in January, earlier this year too a gap was reported from this flyover.
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