Traffic was severely hit for over 10 hours after a goods carrier broke down at the Kalindi Kunj bridge on the road joining Sarita Vihar and Noida.
Commuters had a harrowing time driving in and out of Delhi towards Noida via Kalindi Kunj as the truck remained unattended, leaving only one of the two lanes open for vehicular movement from Delhi to Noida.
Following the heavy traffic, the Delhi Traffic Police issued an advisory asking people to avoid the carriageway from Moolchand towards Ashram where apart from the ripple effect of the truck incident, a DTC Bus broke down near Lajpat Nagar bus stand.
Motorists were stuck in Jasola and Okhla four hours which resulted into bumper to bumper jams.
The massive jam stretched out to areas such as Mathura Road, Ashram, Ring Road and Modi Mills.
The Kalindi Kunj-Noida stretch is a major road link connecting Faridabad and South Delhi with Noida. Over 1.50 lakh vehicles use the stretch every day.
Traffic police had a tough time managing traffic from 7 am till 5.30 pm until the truck carrying jersey barriers was removed. Though the vehicle broke down late on Monday night, traffic congestion was noticed from 7 am on Tuesday when vehicular movement started increasing.
The traffic police from Delhi as well as Noida had summoned cranes to remove the truck but the truck could not be removed as its axle had broken down.
Superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, Prabal Pratap Singh said, “A huge goods carrier broke down late last night and it led to traffic jam. Traffic teams of Noida and Delhi Police tried to lift it with cranes, but didn’t succeed. Mechanical engineers are looking into it.”
It took commuters over three hours to cover a distance of nearly five kilometers.
Parvesh Arora, a resident of sector 31, Faridabad reached his office in Sector 63, Noida in nearly five hours. “I started from my house around 8.45 am. It takes me nearly 70 to 80 minutes to reach office. But today I reached office at 1.45 pm when my colleagues were having their lunch,” he said.
Another commuter, Avinash Gupta, who boarded a bus from the Apollo Hospitals, Delhi around 9 am reached his office in sector 58 at 12.30 pm. “The bus had barely moved 200 metres towards Jasola when I saw the traffic mess. I got off and walked down nearly three kilometers to cross the stretch where the truck had broken down,” he said.
The commuters driving from Noida to Delhi also had to face the consequences of the spillover. “It takes me 20 to 25 minutes to reach my workshop at Madanpur Khadar in Delhi. But today it took me two hours to cover the distance. There was a mess near the MCD checkpost at Kalindi Kunj and then right up to Sarita Vihar as some of the vehicles were driving in the wrong direction,” said Vijay Singh Kuttu, a resident of sector 41, Noida.