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South Delhi-Noida Metro link: Relief for tube riders, more snarls for commuters

Noida Authority and the city traffic police have promised steps to ensure there is no congestion outside Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanic Garden Metro stations

noida Updated: Dec 18, 2017 22:53 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanic Garden Metro stations is likely to see a surge in footfall.(Sunil Ghosh/HT)

While the new  Metro link is likely to provide much-needed relief to city Metro commuters, motorists are expected to face congestion outside the three metro stations — Kalindi Kunj, Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Botanic Garden.

The 12.68-km Botanic Garden-Kalkaji Mandir Marg Metro link will open to the commuting public on December 25, the Noida traffic police said on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the highly anticipated link road on Christmas Day.

The Noida authority and the traffic police have decided to take preventive steps to ensure the motorists do not face any problem while using these three Metro stations, as they are likely to draw more tube riders after the opening of the link road.

“As of now, motorists face traffic congestion on the DSC Road outside the already operational Botanic Garden Metro station, as Metro riders slow down the movement of traffic while crossing the stretch or parking their vehicles. After December 25, the Botanic Garden will have to deal with an additional burden of Metro riders, thus causing more congestion. There could be more snarls outside the Kalindi Kunj, Okhla bird sanctuary Metro stations, as they will start drawing more passengers,” Layak Singh, traffic inspector, Noida traffic police, said.

As the new Metro link will reduce the travel time considerably for those commuting on the existing Metro route, there is every possibility of more commuters using the new link. As there is hardly any reliable public transport available for commuters to reach Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Kalindi Kunj Metro stations, commuters will use their own vehicles for last mile connectivity to these stations. The same could lead to snarls, as there is limited parking facility at these points.

Motorists face congestion because of multiple reasons, including vehicles coming to a crawl on main roads, illegal parking and pedestrians’ crossing the road, among others. The traffic police find it tough to ensure that the main carriageway of the road is free from congestion.

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“We have decided to deploy five constables or traffic marshals outside these Metro stations to ensure traffic rules are adhered to and commuters don’t face any congestion. Pedestrians or motorists will face penalty if they violate the traffic rules,” Singh said.

Alok Tandon, chief executive officer of the Noida Authority, along with other officials conducted an inspection at the Botanic Garden Metro station ahead of the inauguration event, to be graced by the prime minister.

“We will work to ensure that motorists do not face any problem outside these Metro stations. We will take all possible steps to ensure smooth flow of traffic on all roads, including those outside these Metro stations,” Tandon said.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 22:53 IST