Brace for traffic congestions on roads leading to Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad as Delhi Metro is set to start construction work on two arterial roads — Road No 56 and 57A — in east Delhi.
The Delhi traffic police on Friday gave the go-ahead to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to carry out construction work between Karkardooma and Mayur Vihar on which the DMRC would construct seven elevated stations — Karkardooma, IP Extension, Vinod Nagar, Vinod Nagar East, Trilokpuri, Pocket 2 and Mayur Vihar Phase 1 — as a part of its proposed Mukundpur-Shiv Vihar corridor.
Road numbers 56 and 57A cater to thousands of commuters mostly bound to Anand Vihar ISBT, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal, Ghazipur Mandi, Max Hospital in Delhi and Vaishali and Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.
“We have given clearance for the construction work on the stretch. We have, however, asked DMRC to keep free 7.5 metres on roads for traffic movement,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). Work will continue for three years.
He said traffic police will soon issue an advisory, proposing diversions and roads to be affected due to construction work.
The DMRC plans to start work on this stretch within 15 days. “As permission has already been achieved, we will start mobilising equipment and construction material in a day or two and also put barricades on both the roads,” said a DMRC official.
The officials said adequate signages will be put up and marshals deployed for the convenience of commuters.
The traffic police anticipate congestions on both the roads. Traffic moving towards Anand Vihar and Ghaziabad will remain affected due to the work. Besides, several east Delhi roads are also expected to witness jams, said the police.