NHAI stop Heavy Vehicles on damaged flyover
NHAI recommended that movement of heavy commercial vehicles, such as trucks, should be stopped altogether on the Jaipur-Delhi carriageway of the flyover.
To prevent any further damage to the Hero Honda Chowk flyover, a part of which was damaged on May 8, a technical committee appointed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recommended that movement of heavy commercial vehicles, such as trucks, should be stopped altogether on the Jaipur-Delhi carriageway of the flyover.
Movement of heavy vehicles is already restricted on the carriageway during the night.
On Monday, the NHAI project director wrote to the Gururgam traffic police requesting that the movement of heavy vehicles should not be allowed on the flyover in view of the suggestions made by the expert committee. Since May 9, the police has restricted the movement of heavy vehicles at night, when the movement of commercial traffic picks pace in the National Capital Region.
The movement of heavy vehicles on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway is allowed between 11am and 4 pm in the day. During the night, the movement of heavy trucks is allowed between 9pm and 7am.
“We have requested the police to stop the movement of heavy vehicles on the damaged carriageway as the expert committee has recommended this as a precautionary measure,” a senior NHAI official said on the condition of anonymity.
Highway officials said compared to night, the movement of heavy vehicles was lesser in the day but still the traffic was significant and stopping heavy vehicles on the main carriageway could slow the traffic on the whole.
When asked about the matter, Gurugram traffic police said they had not received any official communication from the NHAI in this regard, and, thus, would not comment on it.
Around 3.30am on May 8, large chunks of concrete fell from the main carriageway of the Hero Honda Chowk flyover, leaving a gaping hole of 70 square inches in the main carriage way of the road.
In a similar incident on April 23, 2018, the flyover was damaged on the same stretch, the Jaipur-Delhi carriageway, after chunks of concrete came off.
However, the repeat of the incident again within a year has set the alarm bells ringing in the NHAI, which has formed a three-member technical committee of experts to examine the damage and recommend measures to prevent such incidents in future.