The trials for traffic movement for the Commonwealth Games led to snarls at the Noida Expressway on Wednesday morning.
There were jams at Sector 37, Gejha and Bhangel as traffic was diverted to these roads. Motorists going towards Greater Noida were the worst hit. But the worst is yet to come.
From September 23, both sides of the Expressway will be blocked to traffic from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. It will continue till October 12. On October 13, the day Noida hosts the Commonwealth Games cycling event, the Expressway will be shut the entire day.
But the police made it clear that access to offices and schools along the expressway will not be blocked.
"As a 4.5-km stretch from Noida end till Sector 82 Flyover near ATS green will be open to traffic, Amity University, Mayur International School, Lotus Valley, Global Genesis School, HCL, Logix Park and other IT industries at Sector 125, 126, 127 sector areas will not be affected during trial period as they will have normal service lanes and Sector 94 road entry to reach their sites," said Ajay Sahdev, Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Noida.
He said commuters going to or coming from Greater Noida via the Expressway will be affected.
"Buses of engineering and management colleges cross the Expressway before 10 a.m. and in the evening they come around 4 p.m., so they will not be affected either," he said. "On Wednesday, only Noida to Parichowk stretch was blocked and traffic diverted to Sector 37 crossing and Bhangel Road."