After Parthala Chowk, diversions at Kisan Chowk
After putting in place traffic diversions at Parthala Chowk in Noida, with a view to reduce congestion, the traffic police will implement similar measures at the Kisan Chowk roundabout in Greater Noida to free up the stretch between the two intersections.
An additional exit made to access a service lane at Kisan Chowk, also known as Gaur Chowk, will be closed as it has been encouraging driving on the wrong side of the road. The changes are expected to be implemented early next week. Besides that, the traffic police will also recommend repair and maintenance of the road.
“The traffic at Parthala Chowk is relatively smoother now. However, Kisan Chowk is still congested and this results in the entire stretch from Parthala Chowk to Kisan Chowk being choked. We will implement the changes at Kisan Chowk soon,” Anil Kumar Jha, superintendent of police (traffic), said.
He added that the area near the intersection has been under repair for a while. A temporary diversion was created earlier as well, but that had only increased congestion. It was removed after a brief experiment.
The new diversion will stagger movement of vehicles to and from Parthala Chowk. Jha said there are already around two lakh vehicles using the stretch during peak hours and the current road infrastructure is unable to manage this load.
“We are worried about what the situation will be a few years hence, when the city will have more vehicles. We have to think of better solutions, apart from the immediate steps we are taking,” he said.
Meanwhile, the changes at Parthala Chowk have received mixed results. Initially, two sides of the intersection were blocked. Those coming from Ghaziabad or Chhijarsi and those coming from Kisan Chowk to Parthala Chowk could not travel straight. They had to take left and then a U-turn. But this increased congestion and so the diversion on the Chhijarsi side was removed.
Now, many are driving on the wrong side of the road to take a shorter route, police said. “The changes at Kisan Chowk may be able to help the situation more. However, we have been seeing, and even uploading photos on social media, that many buses and other vehicles are driving on the wrong side,” Abhay Pandey, a resident of Sector 121, said.