Mismanagement worsens chaos at Ashram Chowk

Delhi: 5 Sept, 2021 (Hindustan Times)

HT on Saturday visited the intersection, which is used by at least 350,000 vehicles every day, and found that the junction is in complete mess owing to poor management of construction site, reckless dumping of debris, and sheer absence of traffic monitoring checks on prohibited vehicles.

 

Traffic congestion at Ashram Chowk due to the ongoing construction work, on September 4, 2021. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)

There seems to be no end to the traffic nightmare at the busy Ashram intersection as poor site management at the ongoing construction on a 750-metre underpass has ensured that the commuters are at the receiving end since the beginning of work in 2019. The project has already missed four deadlines.

HT on Saturday visited the intersection, which is used by at least 350,000 vehicles every day, and found that the junction is in complete mess owing to poor management of construction site, reckless dumping of debris, and sheer absence of traffic monitoring checks on prohibited vehicles. Construction of an underpass at the junction by Delhi government’s public works department (PWD) was going on in full swing, but the peripheral work such as laying of new pipelines and walkways has added to the choke points for the traffic.

Poor site management

The absence or poor placement of barricades around peripheral works on the stretch from New Friends Colony towards Lajpat Nagar has left commuters at the mercy of contractors. Pipelines are being laid for which parts of the road are dug up with zero barricading. Cars, buses, two-wheelers, and even pedestrians, are all forced to use the same narrow road. Mounds of soil and other debris has settled on the road. On the same stretch, there is another portion dug up right in the middle of the road where men were seen working in the middle of traffic with zero barricades or signage cautioning motorists.