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Noida roads remain packed ahead of festival

Traffic lights at major intersections remained out of order and there were a few police personnel on the roads to streamline vehicular movement.

noida Updated: Oct 18, 2017 20:54 IST
Sohil Sehran
Roads witnessed a manifold increase in traffic volume because of which commuters got stuck for hours and were delayed in reaching their destinations.
Roads witnessed a manifold increase in traffic volume because of which commuters got stuck for hours and were delayed in reaching their destinations. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

A day before Diwali, the city roads were chock-a-block as a large number of people took to the roads to complete their festival shopping and visit their relatives.

Traffic lights at major intersections remained out of order and there were a few police personnel on the roads to streamline vehicular movement. Roads witnessed a manifold increase in traffic volume because of which commuters got stuck for hours and were delayed in reaching their destinations.

However, traffic department officials attributed the problem to the ongoing widening work on the national highway (NH-24), due to which commuters from Ghaziabad had to take a detour from Noida roads to reach South Delhi.

The roads remained jammed until late hours and commuters had to manage traffic movement at several places. In view of the festivities, the jams are expected to worsen situations on Thursday, the day of the festival, as people will be visiting their friends and relatives.

Roads that remained affected on Wednesday due to congestion include sector 66-67 connecting road, Road Number 6, Noida City Centre road, Sector 18 road, Atta Market road, DND Flyway and Chilla Road.

Superintendent of police (traffic), Anil Kumar Jha, said the congestion across the city was partly because of non-functional traffic lights and a shortage of traffic personnel on the roads.

He said, “We have already taken up the matter of the non-functional traffic lights with the Noida authority. They have assured to take steps at the earliest. Also, the number of personnel are few but still, we try to ensure smooth vehicular movement. On Diwali as well, there will be a heavy volume of vehicles on roads and we are trying to ensure people face fewer problems.”

He said the rush of vehicles has also increased due to repair work on NH-24. People from Ghaziabad use the road to reach South Delhi and Faridabad and some of the stretches are still under repair so commuters are entering Noida to avoid NH-24, he said.

At many places, jams were also witnessed due to wrong-side driving and haphazard parking. “People do not find parking spots in Noida and end up parking their cars on the roadside and more vehicles were bound to be there on the roads a few days before Diwali. Generally, there is a heavy movement of vehicles in the city and festivals such as Diwali lead to further chaos. People should follow traffic rules to ease the congestion caused by their haste,” said Kamlesh Singh, a commuter.