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Traffic jams expected as roads to IGIA not ready

Monday could be more chaotic for air travellers with traffic jams expected on the roads leading to airport.

delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2010 23:32 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times

Monday could be more chaotic for air travellers with traffic jams expected on the roads leading to airport.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which had promised to open two new link roads on Sunday, has failed to do so. With Jet Airways and Kingfisher shifting to Terminal 3 on Sunday, the traffic is expected to increase on National Highway 8.

"As many as two lakh vehicles use NH-8 to go to Gurgaon and this traffic merges with the airport-bound traffic. As it was Sunday, there was not much chaos because the Gurgaon-bound traffic wasn't there. We are expecting a traffic jam on Monday," said a traffic police official.

Only one carriageway of Northern expressway could be opened on Sunday for general traffic but there were not many commuters on this road as they were not aware of it.

DIAL still has to install signages along the stretch.

The second link road, Central Spine, which originates from Mahipalpur also could not be opened as work on the 200-mt stretch is still going on.

"Central Spine supports entry/exit from Northern Access Road. This also provides entry-exit to the Aerocity Metro station," the official added.

“The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is undertaking construction of a median and traffic islands for the smooth flow of the traffic at the NSG junction. The DDA has promised to make the Northern Access Road operational by 8 am from November 17,” said a DIAL spokesperson.

The finishing work is also pending at these new roads and traffic police has asked the DIAL to install traffic lights at three places.

“The traffic will merge and it could lead to chaos if the road was thrown open without traffic lights. We have to deploy our men to control the traffic which is not possible,” the traffic police official added. Currently the traffic coming out from T3 cannot use these roads.

“Once the northern access road gets fully operational, the traffic from Dwarka and

West Delhi can proceed to T3 and vice versa (on return) without having to get into NH8.

With its commissioning, a commuter would be able to avoid this congested stretch of NH-8,” DIAL spokesperson added.

First Published: Nov 14, 2010 23:28 IST