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Delhi-Noida link to become signal-free

Smooth Ride: Authority to build an underpass near the traffic signal at Sec 14A

india Updated: Nov 05, 2012 16:47 IST
Vinod Rajput

In an effort to make the link road connecting the city with Delhi signal-free, the Noida authority is mulling over a plan to construct an underpass near the traffic signal at Sector 14A.

When commuters coming from Mayur Vihar side (east Delhi) enter Noida, they have to pass through two traffic lights – one at Sector 14A and another at Sector 15A cut. The authority has already decided to go away with the second traffic signal by constructing a U-shaped flyover there.

If the plans go well, the stretch from the Noida gate (Noida-Delhi link) to the Yamuna Expressway will become signal-free. It will benefit about 1.6 lakh daily commuters, who have to negotiate with heavy traffic at these signals.

“With the removal of these two traffic signals, travelling from east Delhi to the Yamuna Expressway will be hassle-free. At present vehicles pile up on the Delhi-Noida link road during peak hours due to the two traffic signals. We have experimented into how the removal of these two traffic lights would impact traffic on this stretch,” said Rakesh Bahadur, chairman of Noida authority.

Besides, the authority has also decided to build two foot-over-bridges (FOBs) -- one at Sector 15A and another at Film City in Sector 16A. It will help hundreds of pedestrians, who have to risk their lives while crossing the busy roads.

“After an underpass, U-shaped flyover and two FOBs, this stretch will offer a hassle-free ride to daily commuters, and also become pedestrian friendly,” said Bahadur.

When asked about the removal of traffic light at Sector 14A, a senior authority official said, “Commuters coming from Film City side to reach Sector 14A will take a U-turn at a flyover in Mayur Vihar-I, opposite DND Flyway. That way traffic signal at Sector 14A will be removed.”

On Saturday, the Noida authority decided to build an elevated road from Chilla village (Mayur Vihar-I in Delhi) to the Mahamaya Flyover. The proposed 5.5-km-long road to be built over Shahdara drain will not only decongest Noida roads, but also help Delhi ease traffic on its outer ring road.

Riding on the Delhi government’s plans to extend its existing Barapullah elevated road (over Yamuna River) from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar-I, the authority officials claim that Noida’s elevated road will help thousands of commuters.

The Noida authority has started preparing a detailed project report of its first elevated road. “We are also studying Delhi’s Barapullah elevated road project report. These two roads will also help commuters coming from ITO, who want to go to the Yamuna Expressway or Faridabad,” said a senior Noida authority official.