Commuting in Noida is going to be a Herculean task for the next five months.
The closure of the Rajnigandha Crossing to construct an underpass has led to complete road chaos in the last two days.
The situation is expected to be worse Monday onwards, when people return to work after the weekend.
Commuters now have to travel five extra kilometres to reach Delhi from DND Flyway via Rajngandha Chowk.
Traffic has been diverted via Stadium Square, Sector 21A and Nithari road to reach south Delhi areas.
According to a rough estimate, more than 50,000 cars are caught in traffic jams daily since the diversion plan came into force.
Commuters have been complaining that the detours are very long which means waste of time and money spent on fuel.
“People burn extra fuel while waiting in snarls. There is an additional expense of R8 to 10 lakh daily. The diversions will be in force till May 31. The total money wasted on extra fuel will roughly amount to R10 to 15 crore in five months,” said a senior official.
Ajay Sahdev, superintendent of police (traffic), said, “The diversion routes have been declared a tow-away zone. A crane has been stationed nearby to remove any vehicle found parked on the stretches between Atta Market and Naya Bans and Naya Bans to Sector 27 via sector 2, 3, and 27.”
He added, “ Vehicles of transporters and the sales tax department which were causing jams have been directed to shift to some other place. From Monday, more staff will be deployed to facilitate smooth diversion. Signages too will be displayed by the Noida Authority in a day or two.”
The cost of the 550-metre wide, six-lane underpass, which will ensure free flow of traffic between Sector 15, 16, Film City and Atta Chowk, has been pegged at R30 crore.
Heavy snarls are being reported from Golchakkar, Sector 15, Harola, T-Series crossing and Sector 18 Metro station. Construction of the Rajnigandha underpass started in 2008 but work has been moving at a slow pace. Multiple diversions have resulted in frequent jams in the area.
The closure of the crossing has snapped connectivity between Sector 18 and Gol Chakkar along the elevated Metro route.
Those going to Gol Chakkar from Sector 18 now have to stop before Rajnigandha Crossing and take to a service lane while the return traffic is being diverted towards Harola.
Traffic from the DND Flyway to Sector 12-22 has also been diverted for now.