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Ghaziabad: Rains, traffic and construction choke NH-24

The rain in Noida and Ghaziabad on Thursday morning, coupled with heavy traffic and construction work of a flyover, made NH-24 a tough ride

noida Updated: Jul 20, 2017 23:56 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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Heavy traffic jams were witnessed on Thursday morning on NH-24 and other major city roads after heavy downpour.

Thursday morning was one of the toughest days commuters on national highway (NH) 24 faced in Ghaziabad. A mix of Kanwar diversions, heavy waterlogging in Indirapuram’s internal and major roads and a heavy flow of traffic to CISF Road and Kala Patthar Road made commuting a nightmare.

Some had to skip offices while others were delayed by one to two hours in reaching their destinations in Delhi, Gurgaon and other areas. Since most of the Kanwariyas carrying Kanwars on trucks (Dak Kanwar) were rushing to reach their destinations on its penultimate day on Thursday, the four-lane highway witnessed heavy vehicular movement.

The NH-24 stretch from Vijay Nagar to UP Gate, with Indirapuram falling in between, suffered major jams and traffic snarls on Thursday morning.

“I braved the knee-deep water and drove towards the CISF Road that connects to NH-24. I waited there for over 45 minutes, but could not reach the highway. Once I moved further, I took a U-turn back home and told my seniors that I will not be able attend office. Instead, I worked from home,” said Sanjeev Sethi of Jaipuria Sunrise.

“Traffic on the highway was in a very bad shape. It took me more than an hour to travel from Kala Patthar Road to UP-Gate. At UP-Gate, work on an under-construction flyover has created a mess. Traffic moved slowly through muddy conditions. There is already a traffic diversion in the wake of the Kanwar Yatra, which worsened the situation. Traffic police and volunteers were present, but had to toil hard to handle the traffic,” said Kuldeep Saxena, a Shakti Khand resident.

“The construction of the flyover under the NH-24 widening project causes major hindrance to traffic movement during peak hours. It has become a major bottleneck and sometimes there is a waiting of almost one hour during evening,” he added.

Police said they have deployed a majority of the traffic police force to oversee the Kanwar yatra.

“The internal roads in Indirapuram were waterlogged and most commuters used two major roads to move to the highway. Further, the Dak Kanwar (carried out on trucks) also used NH-24 so the traffic volume was high as major traffic is diverted to the highway. All this led to traffic problems on the highway,” said Ramesh Tiwari, traffic inspector, Ghaziabad.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 23:56 IST