Faced with mounting opposition from merchants and the traffic police to the move to totally ban traffic on 600-metre-long stretches on MG Road during weekends, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to restrict traffic curbs to two lanes of the four-lane road.
This means, one lane will be open to vehicles on either side when works are on during Saturdays and Sundays for four weeks. A total ban on traffic movement along Madhava Pharmacy Junction-Jos Junction stretch for two weeks had been mooted for excavating the four-lane stretch to locate pipelines and cables.
The Kerala Merchants’ Union was among the organisations that sought limiting of the excavation to two lanes at a time, so that vehicles can move along one free lane in both directions.
“With a decision being taken to limit excavation to two lanes at a time, we hope to get the permission of the traffic police, the District Administration and Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) to commence the works this weekend,” DMRC sources said.
The DMRC had used scanners to trace the utility conduits but could not locate many of them. “The KWA and most other agencies have not maintained proper records of the precise location of the utility ducts and we have no option but to dig up the road. It is crucial to locate them prior to commencing piling works for Kochi Metro’s civil works,” sources in the agency said.
SOURCE - .the hindu