Thousands of commuters were stuck in a five-hour long traffic jam on Model Town Road and NH-24 on Monday morning.
The jam started after an overloaded truck got stuck in on the Model Town road at a spot where the Noida authority recently carried out some digging work to shift an underground water pipeline. The trench (150-metre long and 35-foot deep) created by the Noida authority was filled after completion of the work.
The stuck truck led to a long traffic jam on the NH-24 as well as on the road towards Fortis Hospital in Noida Sector 62. Commuters on the highway were not able to take right or left turn towards Noida for nearly five hours from 7.30 am to 1 pm. The truck was removed from the road with the help of a crane around 1pm.
“A truck overloaded with bricks got stuck at the spot where the road was dug up. The driver tried to take the vehicle out of the crater for an hour, but failed and traffic was blocked. Later, we managed to create a narrow passage and allowed the traffic to move slowly,” said Avinash Saini, assistant traffic inspector, Noida Traffic police.
The Model Town road is an important entry-exit route for commuters travelling between Delhi and Ghaziabad, via NH 24.
The repair work by the Noida authority had disturbed the traffic flow for three days a week ago. The road has been a problem spot for the commuters because of the construction of an underpass and metro network for the past several months.
Sanjay Singh, superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, “I asked police personnel to remove truck from the road. It was essential to maintain a smooth traffic movement as it was the first day of the week and people were in a hurry to reach their destinations.”