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More agony at traffic junctions

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2010 01:30 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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If dedicated traffic lanes for the Games have you worried, there are 35 spots, close to the stadiums, that will test your patience.

The so-called crossover points, which lead to the venues, are also the spots where traffic from the dedicated lanes and the "free" roads converges. As the dedicated lanes don't lead straight to the venue, commuters will have to wait for the Games convoy to pass.

It means longer waiting time for those on "free" roads adjacent to the dedicated lanes.

From September 20, when the athletes start arriving, commuters will have a lane less to move on. Add to it the merging points where vehicles will be stopped every time a Games convoy enters or leaves a venue, and you have the making of a jam.

"All these merger points will be treated as another traffic intersection point. Traffic will also be stopped at these points when the convoy moves," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

On some roads the dedicated lanes are to the left and on some, to the right.

"The crossover points are where a convoy will deviate from the Games lane and will affect the traffic on the normal road till the time it has entered the Games venue. We will have to give way to the convoy and the traffic will be stopped," said a senior police officer.