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Rapid metro construction leads to traffic snarls

india Updated: May 08, 2011 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent

The city's dream metro project has compounded the problems of commuters amid daily jams near the Rapid Metro Rail construction sites.

Since a major portion of the road is blocked, traffic snarls have become a daily affair.

All the six proposed station sites have become the traffic nightmare.

Starting from Sikanderpur metro station, the project covers DLF Phase 2, 3, Belvedere Park and Towers, DLF Cybercity, National Media Centre and Ambience Lagoon apartments. With the proposed project deadline being 2013, residents will have to wait for at least two years for smooth vehicular movement.

Ramesh Sharma, a daily commuter, said, "Due to the jam, it takes several minutes to cross the 200-metre stretch from Sikanderpur roundabout to the traffic signal at DLF Golf Course road. Earlier, Delhi Metro construction sites were a hassle for us, now it's Rapid Metro's turn."

Recalling the days when Delhi Metro's Gurgaon line was under construction, Vikram Singh said: "When the project was completed, we expected the traffic chaos to end but things haven't changed. We invariably get stuck at Sikanderpur station daily. The Gurgaon traffic police should deploy more people here."

On the other hand, a senior police official tried to comfort residents saying this will benefit them in future. Since, there are no alternatives, people should cooperate.

"Traffic policemen are doing their best to manage traffic," he added.