NEW DELHI: While PWD is constructing an underpass at Ashram Chowk, among the busiest intersections in south Delhi, Delhi Jal Board is simultaneously carrying out pipeline work on the Bhogal road, leading the traffic police to earlier allow vehicles to use only a truncated road space on Mathura Road between Bhogal and Ashram and vice-versa. It has now been decided that the carriageway going from Bhogal to Ashram will be closed to traffic from 10am tomorrow till 6am on Monday.

In order to facilitate the construction of the underpass along the central median of Mathura Road, the two carriageways from Ashram to Bhogal and from Bhogal to Ashram were widened by removing the footpaths. But in doing so, the DJB pipelines that were located below the footpaths were exposed to the movement of the traffic on both the carriageways.
SD Mishra, additional DCP, Traffic (VIP and Southern range), said, “Due to the load of the traffic along Mathura Road, the DJB pipelines started leaking at a number of places causing water logging on both the carriageways of Mathura Road. The resultant potholes and slush made traffic movement difficult and caused traffic jams.”
Traffic police permitted DJB to carry out repairs 10pm to 6am from October 7 to 10 on the two carriageways on alternate days. While the repairs on the Ashram-Bhogal route is likely to finish on Saturday, no work could be started by DJB on the other carriageway.
In order to ensure timely repairs of the water pipes and the quick restoration of Mathura Road, a joint meeting was called by Mishra’s office with representatives from BJB, MTNL and PWD. The meeting decided to put in effort to finish the work over the weekend.
The traffic police’s diversion plan requires all vehicles going from Bhogal to Ashram to be diverted to Lodhi Road from Neela Gumbad in Nizamuddin. All vehicles coming from Bhogal T-point will be similarly diverted towards Neela Gumbad as will be those residing in Jangpura, Jangpura Extension, Bhogal, East and West Nizamuddin seeking to go towards Ashram.
However, all residents staying in Jangpura, Jangpura Extension, Bhogal, East and West Nizamuddin and all vehicles going to and coming from Nizamuddin railway station will be able to commute on Mathura Road between Neela Gumbad and Bhogal flyover.
Traffic officials said that in order to ease the way for commuters, boards informing about the diversions and indicating directions would be put up at select locations on the route.

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