The traffic at Model Town near NH-24 is likely to be disturbed again this weekend. The Noida authority said the underground Ganga water pipeline got ruptured and needs to be repaired urgently to ensure regular supply.
The Noida authority officials have spoken with the city traffic police and awaiting a nod from its own engineering wing, which is preparing an alternative route to give commuters a clear passage to NH-24 from Noida via Model Town Sector 62.
The authority had dug up the Model Town road last week to shift the underground water pipeline — an exercise that disturbed the traffic between Noida and NH-24.
Under pressure from the traffic police, the authority filled up the trench without restoring the road.
“Traffic was allowed on this unmetalled road and it damaged the pipeline. The rain on Monday also caused some damage and now we have to dig again to repair the pipeline. But we will work on Saturday and Sunday,” said Samakant Srivastav, project engineer, Noida authority.
He said the authority is preparing an alternative route so that commuters from Noida to NH-24 can take a left from the Electronic City turn near Sector 62.
“The alternative route is expected to be ready by Friday night, and, hopefully, and we can start the repair work the next day and complete it latest by Sunday,” Srivastav said.
Model Town crossing had turned into a major bottleneck, hassling thousands of commuters from May 14 to May 18 when the authority was working to shift the Ganga water pipeline.
“We have not yet been informed by the authority in this regard. The construction of underpasses, flyovers and the metro are underway across the city and these disturb the traffic and make it difficult for us to manage the situation,” said Sanjay Singh, superintendent of police (SP) traffic, Gautam Budh Nagar.
“But if an alternative route is being provided, it would help us and the commuters as well,” Singh said.