Noida: From Sunday onwards, the second part of Sector 71 underpass going from Prithla roundabout to city center is also going to be opened for commuters. Three days ago the first part was opened after several extended deadlines from December 2020 to October 2021.
Now people can drive from Greater Noida West to Delhi, without getting stuck in traffic. This 780-meter underpass with six lanes will ease the traffic flow from Wave City Centre metro station to Greater Noida West. It will also be very beneficial for the residents of the sectors 51, 52, 61, 7X sectors, and Greater Noida West.
The underpass was a long-pending demand for people living in Sectors 51, 52, 61, 62, 70 -79, 121, and 122 who can now access it to reach signal-free destinations from both Parthala roundabout to Wave City Centre as well as from 7x sectors’ to Sectors 61-63. So far, commuters had to take detours via MP2 elevated road.
Commuters shared that residents of Sector 50 -7x and 100, commuting from this route were eagerly waiting for this underpass to open. Amidst the festive season, traffic jams were a nuisance. Now it will ease the traffic from the Noida sector 51 metro station.
Rajesh Sahay, General Secretary, NOFAA said, "It is good news for Gautam Buddha Nagar residents. Finally, Sector 71 underpass is now open for smooth traffic movement from Noida Extension to Delhi. A lot of residents would benefit from this. A big thank you to the Hon'ble government and Noida Authority."
Puneet, a resident of Noida Sector 76 said, “Sector 71 underpass is very important, not only for the Noida Extension but also for the residents of Sector 121. It eases the traffic of sectors 51, 52, and 7X. It also helps the people who commute to Delhi. This is a straight route that would lead to the elevated road which finishes at Sector 18.”
Some are also unhappy with the phased opening of the underpass. Sanjeev Kumar, General Secretary, RWA Sector 51 said, “Operating a part of the underpass is the worst decision taken by the Noida Authority. The Noida Authority should have made arrangements for the evacuation of the surrounding sectors first, but to rob the applause, such action was taken by the higher officials of the authority which RWA sector-51 completely opposes and requests the authority, please make the entire underpass functional together and with a complete arrangement, not just one line.”