After facing inconvenience at Janpath for two years due to Delhi Metro construction, shoppers who frequent the Capital’s three major markets — Sarojini Nagar, INA and Lajpat Nagar — are in for a bigger headache from next week.
The construction of five major stations — Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, INA, Lajpat Nagar and Nizamuddin — as part of the Delhi Metro’s proposed corridor connecting Mukundpur with Shiv Vihar in phase 3 is scheduled to kick-start within a fortnight.
The traffic police would divert vehicles on the stretch that connects the Capital’s main markets. Jams are also expected on arterial roads that connect the ring road to south Delhi.
According to Jitendra Tyagi, director (works), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), construction would largely be completed by early 2015, after which traffic restrictions would be lifted.
“The diversions are going to affect traffic movement on the busy ring road,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). “We would allow partial closure of roads and divert traffic to other roads.”
DMRC will put up barricades next week, after which the traffic police will conduct a trial run to test the stretch.
Traffic police said the diversions would hit Feroze Gandhi Marg, Barapullah to Aurbindo Marg, Africa Avenue to ring road, August Kranti Marg and Green Park, among other areas.