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Brace for jams, 60,000 cars head to F1 venue

Commuters had a tough time on Day 2 of the F1 event due to heavy traffic jams in the city. The Noida traffic police department said vehicular volume increased five-fold on Saturday. Even when bottlenecks were cleared, vehicles kept crawling at an average speed of 30-40 kmph.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2011 00:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Commuters had a tough time on Day 2 of the F1 event due to heavy traffic jams in the city. The Noida traffic police department said vehicular volume increased five-fold on Saturday. Even when bottlenecks were cleared, vehicles kept crawling at an average speed of 30-40 kmph.



A five-km long jam was witnessed from Sector 14A to the Mahamaya Flyover, from where vehicles head towards Greater Noida Expressway to reach the F1 circuit. Vehicles coming from various Noida-Delhi borders, including Chilla Regulator, DND Flyway and Okhla Barrage, use this stretch to get to Greater Noida, the race venue.

As traffic policemen struggled to clear jams, in the face of increased vehicular pressure, spectators going to the race circuit were left stranded for an hour. Several cars took a detour and used the DSC road to reach Greater Noida.

The situation may become worse on Sunday, when the actual race takes place. The traffic department has estimated more than 60,000 cars will head towards the Buddh International Circuit.

There are no official route diversions and free movement of traffic has been allowed in Noida as well as Greater Noida. Additional police force has been brought in from adjoining districts and specifically trained to manage the international event. To avoid any traffic chaos, a total of 164 traffic policemen have been deployed along the stretch between DND Flyway and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.