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Field inspection of all Delhi flyovers to be undertaken

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Public Works Department has directed field-inspection of all its flyovers in the Capital, days after gaps were detected on the Lajpat Nagar and Akshardham flyovers. The department has asked its engineers that gaps on any flyover should be attended to immediately, to ensure safety of motorists.
Last month, a 10-feet-long and over eight-inch wide gap was detected between one of the five girders at Lajpat Nagar flyover, prompting Delhi Ttraffic Police to advise two-wheelers to avoid the stretch till it was repaired. The repair work lasted around a month.
Earlier this month, Akshardham flyover too had developed a crack.
"In view of the cracks, the department has directed that all its flyovers be inspected by field officers to check expansion joints and bearings. Besides, gaps on any flyover should be attended to immediately," a PWD official said.
Gaps on flyovers occur due to contraction of girders during winters. Girders made of reinforced concrete normally contract in this season and expansion joints are used to fill the resultant gaps, the official said.
Earlier, the works, PWD officials had said, will be done in a phased manner to ensure minimum inconvenience to the public. In the first phase, the agency is repairing a portion of the carriageway towards Delhi.
PWD will soon float tenders to get a detailed survey done on all its flyovers, especially those which were constructed in the 90s and early 2000s.
Traffic police officers said PWD had been asked to identify the flyovers requiring immediate repair, so that traffic circulation plans could be chalked out accordingly.
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