The Agra traffic department has introduced a plan to provide smooth vehicular flow from the Yamuna Expressway to the Taj Mahal.
The 165-km-long expressway provides hassle-free ride to Agra in just 90 minutes, but crossing the city roads to reach the Taj Mahal takes more than an hour as tourists get stuck in jams.
“We have banned heavy and commercial vehicles on roads, connecting the Yamuna Expressway to the Taj Mahal, on Saturday and Sundays. The plan helped reduce jams and commuters’ inconvenience,” said VN Tiwari, superintendent of police (traffic), Agra.
“Earlier, we did not have an idea about the traffic volume from the expressway to Agra. For one week after it was thrown open on August 9, the city was struck in jams as the expressway was toll-free. More than 30,000 vehicles entered the city, using the stretch daily,” said Tiwari.
“Toll was levied for vehicles on the expressway from August 16. Since then, around 10,000 vehicles enter thy city daily. On weekends and holidays, the number increases to 20,000,” he said.
“Commuters from Noida who want to visit the Taj Mahal should take the Etmaidullah route and use the new bridge to reach the monument. While returning from the Taj, they should take Water Works, NH2 and Kuberpur route. The signboards will be put up soon,” he added.
“We have also reserved temporary parking areas. This, too, has helped reduce traffic congestion,” said Tiwari.
“Last Sunday, when I went to Agra via the expressway, I witnessed less snarls in the city. Heavy traffic was not seen till the Taj,” said Mahesh Gupta, a Noida businessman.