PWD Delhi: Negligence kills Newly Wed

      Delhi Roads are Death traps for the unwary. Maintenance by MCD, PWD is virtually absent. Bad roads, absence of road signs are the cause for most of the deaths on Delhi roads. Organizations and men responsible for these deaths are never hauled up.

   Even in the present  case noted below the police have tried to hush up the matter by registering a case against the victim. The perpetrators will get away once again.

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                                                                                                                                Death trap flyover snuffs out newly-wed

Indrani Basu TNN

New Delhi:The poor maintenance of a Rs 6-crore flyover at Gokulpuri came to the fore when a 19-yearold newly wed died after the bike she was riding pillion skidded on the stretch. Her husband suffered minor injuries in the accident.

      Aryan Vajpayee and his wife Pooja were returning from Pooja’s paternal home in Sunder Nagri on Saturday night when their bike bounced on the uneven expansion joint of the flyover, causing the vehicle to skid and hit the railing. While Aryan suffered minor injuries in the accident, Pooja succumbed to her injuries at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital on Sunday morning around 9.30am, cops said. A case of causing death due to negligence and rash and negligent driving has been registered in this regard.

     “An SDM inquiry has been ordered and statements have been taken. We are waiting for the inquiry report and also probing the negligence of civic agencies. No arrests have been made so far,” said a senior police officer.

     Pooja and Aryan had got married on January 28 this year and were returning to their Kartarpur residence at New Usmanpur when the incident happened.

      A TOI team conducted a spot check of the flyover to find that the four-year-old structure lacks maintenance due to negligence. While the metal binding of the expansion joints of the flyover have already started coming off, the concrete underneath the metal binding has also been damaged as a result.

     Police said that Aryan’s bike had bounced on one of the uneven gaps formed where the expansion joints are in place, causing the accident.

    The flyover was constructed by DDA in 2006 and inaugurated in 2007 at a cost of Rs 6 crore. The maintenance was then entrusted to the Public Works Department (PWD), officials said.

       However,the poor maintenance of the flyover as well as the roads on either side is evident with major portions of the stretch being reduced to rubble. Patches on the flyover too bear signs of neglect with uneven road surface making it a dangerous stretch, with vehicles speeding on the road.

     PWD officials said they would conduct an inspection. “It appears that patches of the mastic layer (top blackish layer with stone pebbles embedded on it) are missing.

      Senior officials will check whether the situation is so bad. A report will be submitted once the inspection is complete,” said a senior PWD official on condition of anonymity.

       The roads leading up to the flyover have been badly damaged and broken. Around 50 metre of the road connecting Yamunapur C-Block to the flyover has been reduced to rubble, making it virtually impossible for vehicles to move on the stretch.

DANGEROUS: (Top) Gap that’s showing on Gokulpuri flyover; (above) a vehicle going over the joint on flyover

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