Thousands of vehicles running everyday on snarl-ridden stretches within the city and towards Delhi, will soon get some relief. Noida Authority has sanctioned Rs 90 crore for construction of five bridges across irrigation and Shahdara drains in the city.
"Over time, roads kept getting widened but, the 'puliaas, or drain bridges, have remained too narrow, throwing traffic out of gear," said an official.
These bottlenecks have been identified at five points: Bhangel, sector 14A to Golchakkar, Film City to sector 18, sector 95 park road and Kalindi Kunj.
Shahdara drain and irrigation drain are the two major one passing through the city and finally falling into the Yamuna.
Both drains carry wastewater of Delhi. Noida does not have any outfall in the Shahdara drain. All sub drains fall into the irrigation drain.
These new bridges will have eight lanes. Work will start in two months and has to be completed within a year.
According to the plan, the existing bridges will continue to be used for traffic and commuters will not have to bear the brunt of diversion because of widening and construction. The idea also is to improve riding quality on these stretches.
"The problem has taken an alarming proportion as despite the number of vehicles going up rapidly, the planning department never expanded these drain bridges. Now that money has been allocated, tenders will soon be floated to begin the project," the official said.
The authority has separate plans for makeover of these drains too. Project engineer Samakant Srivastav said: "We are going in for covers which could be opened. Catch basins and cleaning chambers will be constructed to screen out solid waste and trap silt."
Despite Metro service, connectivity between the two cities has been a problem. After a survey on vehicular pressure, the authority recently expanded three points at sector 8, Jhundpura and Kondli in Noida to facilitate smoother vehicular flow. The three narrow points — connecting Noida to east Delhi — have 70,000 vehicles plying daily.
Congestion leads to traffic snarls on the four existing full-fledged links: NH-24, Mayur Vihar, Kalindi Kunj and the DND flyway.
Construction of a bridge (addition of four lanes to the existing Kalindi Kunj bridge) over the Yamuna will also begin soon. The Delhi-Noida connectivity project, an alternative to DND toll flyway, will cost Rs 300 crore. On its completion, travel between Faridabad, Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad will become smoother. Commuters from South Delhi and Faridabad use this bridge to reach Noida and Ghaziabad.