Traffic moved at a snail’s place on the road leading from the Mahamaya flyover towards Sector 37 near Botanical Garden due to construction work being carried out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Monday. The congestion was reported from morning till afternoon.
The work to install metro girder started late Sunday night and lasted for over 12 hours, said a traffic constable on duty near Botanical Garden.
Traffic moving from Sector 37 towards Kalindi Kunj in Delhi remained disturbed for over four hours. The jam led to chaos on the road from Golf Course to Botanical Garden between 9am and 1.30pm. Additional traffic police personnel were deployed on the road to regulate the movement of vehicles.
“We tried to divert the traffic coming from the Sector 71 side in Noida to the Master Plan (MP-2) road to ease jams near Botanical Garden. But the situation still remained chaotic and we faced difficulties to managing the traffic,” said Dharmendra Singh Yadav, traffic inspector, Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the traffic police, the metro work was supposed to get over by early Monday morning, but it got delayed.
“Metro officials told us that the work got delayed due to some problem in the installation of girder. This disrupted the traffic plan. We realised that the congestion increased by 11am and we started diverting traffic towards Golf Course and City Centre,” said a traffic police constable.
Meanwhile, commuters who were stuck in the jam had a harrowing time as they had no option but to wait for the work to get over.
“I was going to Sarita Vihar and left home around 12.15pm. But as I reached Botanical Garden, I got stuck in the massive jam,” said Abhay Singh, a resident of Sector 31.
A spokesperson of the DMRC said the delay in the completion of the work happened due to technical problems.
“We generally alert the administration for about the construction work so that they can divert the traffic. We had informed the Noida administration about this work as well but a technical problem cropped up suddenly and this delayed the work,” said the spokesperson.