The traffic police’s plan to break the central verge of the road over Shahdara drain and allow traffic movement on the wrong side to bypass the left turn leading to Sector 18 market failed as long traffic snarls were witnessed on Sunday.
A bottleneck is caused on the bridge connecting Film City with Sector 18 as it is a two-lane stretch and the traffic coming from four lanes merges here. The two lanes are inadequate to accommodate the volume and vehicular movement is slowed. The left turn towards Mall of India and Sector 18 market compounds the issue.
It becomes difficult for drivers to negotiate the turn, which is perpendicular to the flow of traffic. Sometimes, traffic jam caused near the entry of the underpass and a narrow slip road along the Sector 18 market, which also serves as a U-turn for moving towards The Great India Place, extends up to the turn near the Mall of India.
Traffic moved at snail’s pace from the Film City flyover to Mall of India on Sunday. Traffic jams were witnessed under the flyover as well. Commuters coming from Delhi via Sector 15A were caught in the jam along the flyover as soon as they took left turn towards the Shahdara drain.
Traffic movement was slow on the other side (The Great India Place side) due to the alternative route, which narrowed the main carriageway.
“We created this route as a temporary measure to manage the traffic jam. We will decide to continue with it based on its effectiveness,” Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP) traffic Noida, said.
Traffic constables were seen frantically trying to manage the vehicular flow. “The traffic snarl is due to traffic from a cineplex, where a movie just got over. The situation will be normal in half hour,” an on-duty police constable said.
Commuters took a left turn towards the Film City near the flyover to avoid getting caught in the jam.
“I guessed that the traffic jam would cost me at least 40 minutes, so I took a left turn towards Film City. I will find an alternative route to reach the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road,” Sunil Singh, a commuter coming from Delhi, said.
The perennial traffic jam on the Shahdara drain has been a challenge for the traffic police. “In case of traffic jam, we will divert the traffic from the expressway using the flyover to other (wrong) side of the road for about 300 metres, to the new lane created along the divider and merge it with the left side,” the constable said.
The problem worsens on weekends as Mall of India and The Great India Place, on opposite sides, are visited by huge crowds. The Sector 18 market also adds to the problem.