Delhi: Bhikaji Cama flyover held in place by planks and prayers
The cracks were noticed weeks ago but buses, trucks, cars and others have not stopped speeding through.
Bhikaji Cama flyover, one of the busiest flyovers in Delhi has four-foot deep cracks which have caused such a dip that the road has to be held in place by wooden planks.
The flyover located in South Delhi connects important hospitals like AIIMS and Safdarjung to the west and central Delhi. The Public Works Department, which is responsible for building and maintaining flyovers, blames it on the construction of the Metro's line 7 or "Pink Line".
However, the Delhi Metro says that it is safe to use the flyover despite the obvious cracks and dent.
"The flyover is completely safe for traffic movement. The approach will be repaired and restored shortly," the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation said in a statement today.
The cracks were noticed weeks ago but buses, trucks, cars and others have not stopped speeding through. Notably, around 10 lakh vehicles supposedly use the road each day.
NDTV has quoted its sources in Delhi Metro as saying that a "Push Box" technology used in the construction has resulted in cracks in the flyover. The technique helps build underground subways on busy roads without disrupting traffic.
An official further said the cracks are external and that they can be easily mended as the "foundation is solid".
Earlier, another major flyover at the busy Lajpat Nagar area in south Delhi was shut down for a few days for the repair of a widening gap in one of its joints.