The perennial problem of traffic snarls faced by thousands of commuters -- travelling from Delhi towards Indirapuram in Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh -- at the Akshardham Temple intersection (Noida More) on National Highway 24 may soon ease.
The Delhi Traffic Police, after conducting a ground survey, have come up with a traffic plan that, they believe, would help ease traffic movement on the ever-congested stretch. The proposal, officers in the traffic police said, had recently been submitted to the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) for approval.
“We have come up with some ideas that can be put in place soon at a low cost. We hope the proposal would soon be implemented and the recurrent woes of traffic on the stretch, mostly during morning and evening peak hours, will be resolved,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
As per the new plan, the location of Samastpur-Jagir bus stand and a toilet block at Noida More would be shifted, two pedestrian signals in the area along the highway would be replaced with foot over bridges and the road heading towards Ghaziabad would be widened.
“There is a piece of government land near Noida More on which the bus stand and the toilet block have come up. After removal of these, the land can be used to widen the road by at least 10 meters. Then it would be able to accommodate more traffic from different directions,” a senior traffic police officer said.During morning peak hours, the vehicles crawl at a snail’s pace and the tail of the jams sometimes goes as far as Mayur Vihar Phase II. During the evening peak hours there is a jam up to Commonwealth Games village.
“Widening of the road from its merging point with the slip road near the bus stand will facilitate the movement of more vehicles easily,” Shukla said.
The traffic police, in their proposal, have suggested shifting of the high tension line tower in the area.