The road connecting sectors 60 and 71 was opened for light motor vehicles on Sunday. The stretch was closed for a year for construction of an underpass and metro project.
Officials said that they decided to open the road as the work is almost complete and it will help decongest city roads. With the opening of this road, commuters from Sector 62 and NH-24 can directly move towards the Sector 71 intersection. The road from the Sector 71 intersection, which was also under construction, has been opened.
Earlier, commuters had to take a two-kilometre detour due to the road closure. During the rush hour, commuters also used to ride through the internal sector lanes to save time.
The authority also put up a notice that only light motor vehicles will be allowed to use the route. A height barrier has also been installed to restrict the entry of heavy vehicles.
In the last one year, the road was dug at several points for widening and vehicular movement was suspended. On the same route, metro authorities had also started constructing pillars for a metro track from Noida City Centre.
Commuters were relieved as the stretch was opened. “Over the last year, we had to take a long detour to reach Sector 71 main road. The move will save us time,” Abhay Singh, a commuter, said.
Along the route is also a 6.5 kilometre-long elevated road that starts from Sector 28 and ends at Sector 61. The elevated road is also under construction and often leads to traffic congestion.
“We would have opened this route three months ago but could not do so in view of metro station construction near Sai Baba Mandir,” Pradeep Kumar Garg, project engineer, Noida authority, said.
He said that the projects such as metro and underpass are still under execution, but the majority of work is completed.