Authorities running the BRT corridor perceive it as a step to reduce waiting time at the busy Chirag Dilli intersection.
But blocking all straight moving traffic on Ring Road below the flyover has resulted in a nightmare for residents of Masjid Moth DDA flats Phase I and II — located on both sides of the Chirag Dilli flyover — as it means detours for both coming in and out of their colonies.
The Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System (DIMTS) has put up boards. They claim the arrangement will cut the signal cycle and reduce waiting time. But in reality, the actual time saved is only 15 seconds.
Masjid Moth Phase I has about 250 houses and Phase II 150. The gates of both colonies open on Ring Road much before the flyover ends. "If I am coming from IIT, I have to climb the flyover and because I have already left behind my colony gate, I have to go all the way till next flyover, take a turn below it and even after that, I have to another detour (near Savitri Cinema) and finally when I head towards Chirag Dilli junction, I have to take yet another U-turn," points out Ranju Minhas, who stays in Phase I.
But the authorities seem to care less. Traffic police claimed the DIMTS decides about the signal timings on BRT.
Transport Commissioner RK Verma says, "We are experimenting on various methods to smoothen out the traffic movement on the corridor."
The question the residents are asking is: "For saving just 15 seconds there (at the signal timing), is it okay to make all of us take detours so long, adding to pollution and congestion?"