NOIDA: The much-touted underpass, constructed at a cost of ₹112 crore at Model Town T-point on National Highway 24, has failed to end the woes of commuters.
The underpass that was thrown open for vehicular movement a month ago to streamline traffic at the intersection, has provided them only partial relief.
Official apathy has prevented them from .
The underpass was constructed under NH-24 to provide relief to commuters travelling between Noida and Ghaziabad without interfering with the traffic moving on NH-24, between Ghaziabad and Delhi. Nearly one lakh commuters use the stretch everyday.
However, illegal parking by auto-rickshaws, cars, government/private buses and encroachments by vendors on NH-24 still cause congestion at the T-point. Also small stretches of the loops of the underpass behind Shipra Mall, Ghaziabad and D-block of sector 63, Noida are yet to be opened to motorists.
Commuters travelling from Noida’s sector 62 and 63 to Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram have to pass through NH-24, where auto-rickshaws and buses halt to allow passengers to board or get off, causing traffic congestion. The problem gets compounded during peak hours in the morning and evening.
“I get struck on NH-24 while going to Ghaziabad from Noida through this underpass because traffic cops fail to check illegal parking of vehicles on NH-24. Also, auto-rickshaws and buses (government run and private both) halt right in the middle of the highway, making it dangerous for other commuters,” said Mudit Sharma, who travels daily between Noida and Ghaziabad.
The underpass is located between sectors 62 and 63, Noida and falls perpendicular to NH24 near the Model Town police post. It was opened on October 27 to end traffic mess that used to prevail at this crucial traffic intersection.
Commuters travelling between Noida and Ghaziabad can pass through the underpass corridor. But if one wants to go to Delhi or travel within Noida areas then the authority has built a roundabout above the underpass adjoining NH-24.
“When I take left to go to Delhi from Noida, the entire stretch is blocked by auto-rickshaws. They fight with each other for ferrying passengers right in the middle of the road, blocking smooth flow of traffic. When anyone tries to reason it with them, they do not pay any heed. If I want to enter underpass from D-block side of Noida’s sector 63, I cannot because the stretch is closed,” said Alok Chauhan, who has office in Noida and house in Indirapuram.
“The stretch in D-block, sector 63 that provides entry to the underpass is closed because a Ganga water pipeline work is underway. Once it is completed, we will open it for motorists. The stretch being built behind Shipra Mall is constructed by Ghaziabad development authority. We have completed our job. Traffic congestion at this point is because traffic police do not act against illegal parking by auto-rickshaw drivers and others,” said PK Garg, project engineer of the Noida authority.
As for the laxity on the part of Noida traffic police in the area under its jurisdiction, Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police for traffic, Gautam Budh Nagar, said,“I will instruct my staff to address the issues of illegal parking of vehicles, particularly auto-rickshaws that causes problems in smooth flow of traffic. Ghaziabad traffic police should also take action on their part of NH-24.”