As though the blocking of the intersection at sector 60-61 was not enough to cause traffic chaos on Road No 6, a barricading at the centre of Mamura Chowk has added to the commuters’ woes. The barricading, done from Tuesday, has slowed traffic movement at the busy intersection.
The traffic police said the central barricading at Mamura Chowk was done by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Officials said DMRC will start construction of a pillar for the Metro track here. The DMRC is extending the metro track from the Noida City Centre to Sector 62, near NH-24. Work on the rail track is being carried out on the central verge of Road No 6, from Sector 62 and Sector 71 via Fortis, Mamura and sector 60-61 intersection.
The traffic police said the barricades at Mamura Chowk will remain for next three months, just like the diversion at Sector 60-61 intersection where an underpass is being constructed by the Noida authority. The stretch belong to Noida authority, which is constructing three underpasses between NH 24 and Sector 71.
Road No 6 will have four underpasses which are expected to bring much-needed relief to commuters as the stretch sees heavy traffic daily. While one underpass near NH-24 is undergoing final touches, work is in progress on the underpass at Sector 60-61 crossing.Work on the underpass at Mamura Chowk will begin soon and one more underpass is proposed at the intersection near sector 71.
Constructions for the Metro track and underpasses will continue for the next two years and commuters will have to bear the brunt of narrow and congested routes and perennial traffic jams during rush hours.
However, Motorists feel the traffic police should create alternate routes before allowing the construction at Mamura Chowk.
“We will deploy four traffic constables to regulate traffic at Mamura Chowk, which is one of the most congested intersection in the city. We will speak to the Noida authority for this,” said Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP), traffic, Gautam Budh Nagar.
The traffic police posted an alert on its newly launched mobile app advising commuters to avoid Mamura during rush hours. The NH-24 to Sector 71 Road — about 5km long — divides Noida in two parts and the Metro and underpass construction has disturbed the traffic badly.
“Development works have to go uninterrupted and for that the residents will have to bear the trouble as there is no way out. We will ensure traffic moves uninterrupted,” said PK Garg, project engineer, Noida authority.