The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Sunday night opened the restructured ABES crossing on NH-24 near Crossings Republik. The crossing was revamped to streamline traffic at the point as it is used by thousands of commuters to go towards Delhi, Greater Noida and Noida.
As part of the restructuring project, the authority spent nearly Rs 2.5 crore and widened the 400 metre stretch on both sides of the national highway. Apart from this, the authority also closed down the crossing by placing cemented barriers to restrict traffic movement.
Further, the traffic moving from Shaberi Road and Crossings Republik towards Ghaziabad will now move left on the highway and take a U-turn after 100 metres to travel back towards Ghaziabad.
“This will be a signal-free crossing now. Heavy vehicular movement from Shahberi Road and Ghaziabad led to long queues during peak hours. We have opened up the crossing and are reviewing the plan in case some more adjustment is required. The highway was also widened to have two lanes of 400m on each side,” AK Gupta, superintending engineer of GDA said.
Commuters using the stretch on Monday said the waiting time was now shorter.
“Traffic movement was smooth on Monday morning. Earlier, we had to wait for more than 10 minutes to move left, towards the Shahberi Road. It will be a major test for the plan when commuters return home in the evening,” Nishant Sinha, who travels to Greater Noida every day, said.
The mid-section of the crossing is also closed with barriers, so that the traffic moving towards Crossings Republik and Shahberi Road from Delhi will not be allowed to take a right turn from the highway. Such commuters will move on the service road on the left side and use the ABES underpass to travel towards the Crossings Republik Township.
“The underpass should be used only by commuters moving towards Crossings Republik. The underpass is narrow and vehicle might get stuck if they ply on both sides. We have asked the traffic police to check such instances,” Gupta said.
The traffic police, on the other hand, said the traffic was slow during the day but moved smoothly through the restructured intersection.
“We have deployed more personnel to ensure that commuters use the right directions. Once the intersection starts to function smoothly, we will start the signal-free plan at the busy Raj Nagar Extension crossing on NH-58. We are already in talks with GDA on the issue,” Anil Kumar, traffic inspector, said.
“I was able to reach home in much less time on Monday evening. Traffic movement will become smoother once commuters learn to navigate the intersection properly,” Sumit Jha of Crossings Republik said.
After the Mohan Nagar signal-free plan, the Ghaziabad traffic police has fruitfully used cemented barriers to implement signal-free crossings. The traffic police has also made the Site-IV industrial area crossing and Bhopra-Loni intersection near Delhi-Wazirabad border signal-free.