Living in a metropolitan city like Delhi isn’t easy, especially when you have to travel from one end of the city to the other. Though the city is well equipped with the civic amenities to aid people in living lives a bit easier, the ongoing construction in most of the spaces at times can create havoc. Being a researcher engrossed in the field work and simultaneously making errands to the university, getting late in the evening has become a norm for two years now. But, recently, while meeting the subject of my research I discovered half-constructed foot over bridge that could have killed me. The bridge is near Rajputana Rifle Regimental Centre, on the prime road connecting on Dhaula Kuan to Delhi Cantonment.
Earlier this week, while returning from Tilak Nagar the auto driver missed a left turn to Gopinath Bazaar. As a result, the driver decided to take a U-turn from Dhaula Kuan, but the auto ran out of fuel, and I had to get down at the Rajputana Rifle Regimental Centre. I took the foot over bridge to cross the road and decided to walk on the ramp. As I reached the top of the bridge and walked for a while, I thought of taking the staircase, and to my astonishment, the moment I was about to step out my right foot I was almost in jitters as there were no steps. Fortunately, I held the railing of the bridge with my left hand and turned back to rush down the ramp. That evening could have been fatal for me. The efforts of the civic bodies in creating foot over bridges is a planned approach to minimise accidents resulting from road crossings. But under-constructed structures can be risky. So, through this post, I would appeal the authorities to take note of the situation, and proper remedial measures should be taken considering the well being of the citizens.