Nightmare on the Yamuna
It is one of the most important roads connecting upscale south Delhi with four major satellite towns — Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad.delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2010 00:48 IST
It is one of the most important roads connecting upscale south Delhi with four major satellite towns — Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad. And inarguably the most chaotic as well.
With narrow and potholed roads, poorly designed traffic junctions and blatant violation of rules, the Kalindi Kunj Road — the stretch from Okhla Barrage to Mathura Road — is a motorist's nightmare at any time of the day.
On a bad day, commuters consider themselves lucky if they get away with 2-3 hours-long traffic jams.
The road connects the industrial hubs of Noida, Faridabad, Okhla and Mohan co-operative industrial estate (just off Mathura Road) and witnesses a huge volume of traffic every day.
Commercial vehicles moving between Haryana, Delhi and UP too take this road every day, forcing cars and two-wheelers to scurry for cover.
According to RITES survey conducted in 2008, the Kalindi Kunj Road caters to vehicular traffic 2.74 times than its normal capacity.
That implies a new bridge parallel to the existing bridge and a new four-lane road is required to take the extra load.
With more and more people shifting to Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Faridabad, vehicular load is expected to increase manifold.
The problem, say motorists, start as soon as one negotiates the new Amity crossing flyover in Noida.
“The road in Noida is six-lane and the bridge ahead is four-lane, followed by a toll tax booth eight at the Delhi entry point. The chicken’s neck portion causes problem,” said Deepak Pandita, a resident of Mayur Kunj.
The problem intensifies whenever vehicles break down either on the bridge or on the narrow road between the bridge and Kalindi Kunj.
“The Noida police never bother to get such vehicles towed away. Many a times, we call cranes to get the broken down cars or trucks removed from the main carriageway. But by the time the vehicle is towed away, the damage is done," said a Delhi traffic police constable who did not wish to be named.
Though Delhi's Public Works Department has started road improvement activities — such as constructing an additional lane near the MCD toll booth and a small stretch between Kalindi Kunj and the booth — experts said the measures were inadequate.
“Just widening the road does not mean that the stretch has been improved. Road widening has to be supported by traffic engineering measures like proper auxiliary roads, lane markings and signage to get maximum benefit,” said P.K.Sarkar, professor, School of Planning and Architecture.