Gaps at joints, potholes: No repairs on Noida elevated road in 6 years

  • | Tuesday | 28th November, 2023

Noida: Built at a cost of Rs 430 crore around six years ago, the Noida elevated road is already showing signs of wear and tear, with potholes and damaged road surfaces spotted on various stretches. The protective rubber covers at expansion joints of the 4.8km flyover — spanning from Vishwa Bharti School in Sector 28 to Sector 61 — have also worn off in several patches leaving gaping holes that make the stretch risky for two-wheeler riders. The elevated road is one of the busiest allowing vehicles coming from South Delhi via Sector 18 or Ghaziabad to skip the regular traffic and reach Sector 62 and the Greater Noida West directly. Within six years of its inauguration, the road has developed potholes, peeled-off road surfaces, and sections where the concrete bitumen road has turned into a gravel path. Commuters, particularly two-wheeler riders, face sudden jerks and difficulties in controlling their vehicles due to the broken paths and potholes. It can lead to fatal accidents as traffic moves at high speed at night on this road, Dhawal Kumar, who regularly takes the flyover to travel to 7X sectors, said.Another commuter pointed out that the elevated road does not see the movement of heavy vehicles, but the condition of the flyover had deteriorated because there were no repairs over the past six years.Delhis Prashant Bhargava, who travels to Sector 62 for work, claimed there was hardly any grip left on the expansion joints on the elevated road. A bikes tyre can easily get stuck in the gap and the rider can be hit from behind. The Authority must get it checked and ensure its maintained.The elevated road was constructed to ease traffic movement in Sectors 33, 23, 25, 27, 26, 28, 29 and 31 among others. The six-lane road bypasses seven intersections and has entry-exit points at Nithari, Sector 30, NTPC and Sector 24.According to road safety experts, the expansion joints on bridges and elevated roads must undergo yearly surveys and, if required, repairs.When contacted, Noida Authority CEO Lokesh M said, We will send a team to inspect the elevated road and initiate repairs as per their recommendation soon.We also published the following articles recentlyPWD exploring white-topped smart roads to dodge potholesTo prevent frequent potholes on Goa roads, the state public works department (PWD) is exploring the possibility of adopting smart roads like Bengaluru. The technology involves laying a white topping of concrete on existing asphalt roads, increasing their lifespan by 30 years. Though the cost is higher, these concrete-topped roads require lower maintenance, saving costs in the long run. The technology is also environment-friendly, reducing heat and the need for air-conditioning. Implementation has already begun in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Maharashtra, with Kerala studying the model.Jam Session: Six Roads Closed, Traffic Gridlocked, City CrawlsMotorists in Nagpur faced heavy traffic congestion due to the closure of several roads for the Shahid Gowari Diwas tribute programme. The traffic police issued an advisory but there was confusion about diversions. Vehicles were stranded on various roads and traffic moved slowly even on roads far from the tribute site. The closure of roads caused chaos and long queues of vehicles. Motorists complained about the lack of traffic cops at important intersections. App-based cab aggregators increased fares due to the traffic diversions. Citizens are frustrated with frequent traffic jams caused by such restrictions.Potholes, patchy engineering make a mockery of road safety campaignThe article discusses the launch of a month-long road safety campaign by traffic police in Bhopal. However, there is no plan in the city to address the issues of potholed roads and road engineering, which are crucial for the safety of commuters. The poor road safety and engineering are evident from the high number of pedestrian deaths on Bhopal roads. Bhopal is also among the top 10 cities with a significant percentage of accidents, fatalities, and injuries. The lack of a Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) further hinders the development of metro rail in the city.

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