Noida: To fast track the work on an underpass, the intersection at sector 71 has been closed for vehicular traffic for two months from Saturday. The underpass, for which work started in July last year, is touted to benefit the densely populated 7x sector (71 to 79).
The six-lane intersection is estimated to cost Rs 56 crore.
Based on a report by a team of work circle-5 under project manager Mukesh Vaish of Noida Authority, the traffic police have closed the vehicular movement on sector 71 intersection. Diversion signboards are in place for the traffic.
Talking to CitySpidey, Vaish said, “We have planned diversions in such a way that there won’t be any hindrance to the traffic flow. There is no red light on the designated routes for the traffic. However, we had to request the commuters of sector 7x to avoid sector 71."
He added that there might be an inconvenience to the commuters as they have to travel additional 800-odd meters, but that would be better than getting stuck in a traffic jam. I concede it’s time consuming, but it will help maintain the pace."
For a smoother communication, follow these routes.
To reach 7x sectors from Barola T-point, move towards Hanuman statute and then take a U-turn for Hanuman Murti Marg towards sector 101 metro station.
Commuters going towards 71 from sector 78, 76, 75 via DSC can take the sector 49 road for city center underpass. Residents of sector 75 and 76 can take a U-turn from sector 51 police post. Commuters moving from Sector 37 City Centre to sector 71 for Model Town can now directly take a left turn from trisection at Hoshiarpur and reach their destination crossing sector 60 via Gijhor village.
Vehicles coming from sector 74, 75, 76 and 77 can take the inner routes and crossing sector 115 and 116 reach Ghaziabad and model town via Parthala chowk or Vikas marg.
Traffic moving from Kisan Chowk to Parthala Chowk towards sector 71 roundabout can take a u-turn and move toward sector 60 road.
Talking to CitySpidey, SP, Traffic, Anil Jha, said sign and diversion boards are installed for the convenience of people and the diversions have been prepared in such a manner that there will be a smooth run after initial congestion.
The diversion plan will soon be shared widely with the public, said another traffic police official.
Though officials are of the opinion that the diversion will help smooth moment of the traffic, the daily commuters of Parthala chowk and Kisan chowk area feel that the two roundabouts are already congested and opening doors for new traffic will only worsen the situation.
Anandi, a daily commuter on the Parthala Chowk, said, "Before increasing the influx of traffic, the authority should have eased the existing restrictions due to the wrongly designed huge roundabout. This will just lead to more jams in the area."
Clearing the air on Parthala Chowk, Mukesh Vaish said that the traffic has been diverted towards Bisrakh which directly leads one to FNG reducing the congestion drastically in the area.