From Saturday, gear up for some major diversions as traffic coming to and fro Delhi will be disrupted for the next several weeks.
The Noida Authority is likely to close the important Rajnigandha Crossing from Friday night as an underpass is being constructed there.
Ajay Sahdev, superintendent of police (traffic), said, “Our diversion plan is ready. We are awaiting the Noida Authority’s instructions for a total closure of the crossing.”
Meanwhile, SK Gupta, project engineer of the Noida Authority, said, “We may go for closure by Friday midnight. The weekend will be a good time for initial trials.”
The closure will snap connectivity between Sector 18 and Gol Chakkar along the elevated Metro route. Those going to Gol Chakkar from Sector 18 will have to stop before Rajnigandha Crossing and take the service lane.
Traffic from the other side will stop before Rajnigandha Crossing and get diverted towards Harola. Officials say taking the Metro will be a good option for commuters till the diversion continues.
Construction of the Rajnigandha underpass started in 2008 but progress has been slow. It has become a major traffic bottleneck causing jams in the area due to multiple diversions.
Traffic from the DND Flyway to Sector 12-22 has already been diverted.
The underpass will ensure free flow of traffic between Sector 15, 16, Film City and Atta Chowk. Pegged at a cost of R30 crore, the two-way 660-metre wide underpass will have six lanes. The underpass is expected to ease traffic rush coming from the DND Flyway.
As the Atta and Rajnigandha crossings run parallel to the Metro rail track, it was not possible to construct flyovers at these junctions. The Sector 37 Crossing, one of the most important traffic intersections in the city, will also be closed completely from January 15.