On Wednesday, the national capital's several important arterial roads connecting south with east, south with north and Delhi with Noida were chock-a-bloc with traffic. Reason: The partial closure of Kalindi Kunj bridge.
On Wednesday, the opening of central Delhi's many arterial roads after three days of closure was hardly a relief for the commuters on Mathura Road, Ashram Chowk, Ring Road, Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) flyover and Nizamuddin Bridge. "The closure of the bridge has put serious pressure on several arterial roads in Delhi," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
"The situation is likely to remain the same for about a month until the repair work on the carriageway is completed," he said. Despite deployment of additional traffic policemen on affected roads, jams could not be reduced. "As the movement of vehicles is taking longer, gridlocks are being created. The situation worsens during peak hours," Garg said.
Wednesday saw massive jams on NH 2 (Mathura Road) even during non-peak hours. Hundreds of small and big goods-carrying vehicles, including trucks, jostled for space with cars. "It took me over an hour to drive between Apollo Hospital and Ashram Chowk this afternoon. On a normal day, I take just 20 minutes," said Sanjeev Anand, a resident of Noida.
There was bumper-to-bumper traffic on Nizamuddin Bridge and DND Flyover as well for almost for the entire day. "It took me almost an hour to cross the DND flyover towards Ashram on my way to work. Generally, it takes me hardly in 10 minutes to cross the stretch," said Rajesh Sinha of Mayur Vihar phase 1.
On PWD's request, the Delhi traffic police had allowed the closure of the 28-year-old Kalindi Kunj Bridge for repairs for two months. PWD officials said the construction on the Delhi-Noida stretch will be over in a month. After that, the other carriageway will be closed till the end of February.
Solution for Noida
The Noida authority has decided to make the Delhi-Noida link road signal-free during peak hours of 8-10am and 5-7pm. The move will benefit nearly three lakh commuters who use the road daily.
This will also come as a relief to commuters who are being diverted from Kalindi Kunj Bridge because of the ongoing road repair work. Now, they can use this stretch to reach east Delhi from Noida and Greater Noida, or vice versa.