Traffic moved slowly on Dadri Link Road as the number of visitors driving to the auto expo venue in Greater Noida increased on Friday.
The Auto Expo - The Motor Show 2016 was thrown open to the public on Friday. Though the business hours were from 10am to 1pm and general hours from 1pm to 6pm, the high number of vehicles headed to the venue caused snarls on the 4-km stretch from Sector 14A to the Mahamaya flyover near the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. The stretch saw bumper-to-bumper traffic from 8am to 2pm.
Vehicles coming from Delhi on the Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway merged with traffic between Sector 15A and Film City on Dadri Link Road. This caused congestion on the stretch with a spillover effect up to Sector 14A near the Delhi-Noida border, which was chock-a-block with vehicles from 1pm to 3pm.
“It was half past one when I got stuck in the jam between Sector 14A and the Mahamaya flyover. It took me nearly 20 minutes to cover a distance of 4km. Vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace. I had expected a smooth commute as it was off-peak hours, and the free passage hours from Delhi to Noida on the DND flyway between 8am and 10am were over,” Somesh Rahi, a resident of Laxmi Nagar in Delhi, said.
DND Flyway spokesperson Anwar A Abbasi, however, said vehicular movement was smooth on the flyway. “There was no congestion on the flyway. We registered an increase of nearly 8,000 vehicles today (Friday) from Thursday midnight as compared to the corresponding period in previous weeks,” he said.
Superintendent of police (traffic) Sanjay Singh admitted that there was heavy vehicular movement due to the auto fair. “There was heavy traffic between Sector 14A and near the start of the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. Traffic police personnel were deployed to handle the situation. Quick response teams also acted promptly to ensure smooth flow of traffic,” Singh said.
Expecting a larger turnout on the weekend, Singh said more traffic personnel will be deployed on the stretch from Delhi to Greater Noida on Saturday and Sunday.