Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Nothing more than mere patchwork

Nothing more than mere patchwork
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Bangalore: After its first monsoon experience, the vehicular underpass at Sanjaynagar is already bruised. The incessant rain has drained all the magic off this box.
Diversions, tests and a hectic night-long operation by the BBMP to level an uneven patch here proved futile as the stretch was again flooded by late Tuesday evening.
According to BBMP engineers at the spot, one of the precast elements supporting a concrete slab of the underpass had shrunk, leading to the slump. The shrinkage was more than three inches.
Heavy waterlogging along this uneven surface resulted in a fatal accident on Sunday. Traffic was not allowed to enter the underpass on Monday, while vehicles plying above were diverted for the repair work. Traffic flow was restored on Tuesday morning, but the afternoon rain again played spoilsport.

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