A complete lack of planning by the traffic police spoiled the F1 fun for thousands of commuters. Cars remained stuck in long jams while going to and returning from the race venue. The traffic police department had anticipated 60,000 additional cars on Sunday but did little to ensure a smooth passage.
As the traffic volume went up on the Noida-Greater Expressway, the 150-odd traffic policemen either looked helpless or utterly indifferent in dealing with the maddening chaos.
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh tweeted, “Stuck in a traffic jam. I asked my cousin in the car if he has seen an F1 race before. He said no! TV personality Gaurav Kapur, also in the car, said he would not see it today also.” Kapur on his Twitter page termed the jams maniac. Filmstar Shah Rukh Khan and singer Daler Mehndi also suffered.
Many cars began driving from Delhi to Noida in the morning and got caught in jams. Between Film City Flyover and Mahamaya Flyover, a narrow stretch caused the snarls and slowed down the vehicular movement with cars crawling at 10 to 20 kmph. Similar snarls were witnessed when the race ended. Delhi commuters, who took the Kalindi Kunj route, were caught in jams near the bridge. Near Sector 18 and Film City, bottlenecks threw vehicular movement out of gear.
“Policemen remained a mute spectator,” said Vishal Sharma, a software engineer. “There were no diversions or planning,” said Meghna Verma, a housewife, who suffered for an hour with her two minor children.
Worst scenes were witnessed from Noida entry (Sector 14A) to Mahamaya Flyover, from where vehicles take to Greater Noida Expressway. Vehicles coming from Noida-Delhi borders, including Chilla Regulator, DND Flyway and Okhla Barrage, used this stretch to reach the race venue. Several cars used the DSC road as a self-imposed diversion to reach Greater Noida.