The Delhi traffic police last month collated a report on over 150 potholed and creviced roads in the city, after the Public Works Department requested for suggestions on road betterment and commuter safety. This is the first time such a report has been collated.
According to the report put out by traffic police, 158 potholed sections on major arterial roads had been identified and photographed by circle officers in the first half of November. Many points and stretches were identified and photographed. Traffic officers said there could be more in roads and lanes in interior parts of colonies and residential areas.
“Senior traffic officers sent a letter to the deputy commissioners of police who relayed the message to the district ACPs and thereon to their respective circles. All circle officers including the traffic inspectors conducted recce and photographed areas with potholes, water logging and other such hindrances to smooth running of traffic. This was done by November 10. All the information sent in by the districts was then collated and a report was prepared,” a senior traffic officer said.
Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander said, “We sent the report to the PWD and other bodies related to road works like the NDMC and MCD on November 18. But, we have not received any reply from the PWD. We intended to help them and raised an issue we were worried about.”
Chander said traffic police had, on a small level, collated data on broken and potholed road patches but it was never a city-wide, concerted effort.
The PWD requested traffic police, on two occasions, the last meeting being October 2, for ways of improving roads. “We asked traffic police to suggest ways to improve roads and make them safer, specially after the monsoons. When potholes were discussed, we asked traffic police to point out to us by November the problems they had noticed. They submitted a very exhaustive report which we are working on,” a senior official in the PWD said.
“We made teams comprising PWD field officers to inspect the points photographed by traffic police. We plan to complete the repair works by the next quarter around January. We have divided the repair work into two sections, the first to be addressed locally like small potholes or curbstone repairs. The second is work involving road redesigning which needs more time and work and may take upto January,” he said.