Tough day for Noida commuters

NH-24, DND flyway were among worst hit

March 21, 2017 12:50 am | Updated 12:50 am IST - Noida/Ghaziabad

Vehicles fought for space on roads across UP-NCR on Monday as the Delhi Police placed barricades restricting traffic flow at the border areas.

The security pickets were brought out in view of the Jat protest that has now been called off.

Among the worst hit areas were NH-24, DND flyway and the Noida-Mayur Vihar link road.

In some places, traffic jams were reported even during the evening.

‘Take other routes’

“There will be heavy checking at border areas as we do not want to take any risk. We advice commuters to take other routes,” said a senior police official who was deployed at the Delhi-Noida border.

A large number of traffic and police personnel were also deployed at the borders.

‘Mischievous elements’

Although the agitation had been called off, the security men were asked to keep a lookout for any mischievous elements who might try to sneak into the city.

“Vehicles are being checked thoroughly. We removed barricades depending on the requirement from time to time, but they were brought out again to resume checking. We are scanning suspicious vehicles,” the official added.

The intensive police checks led to slow traffic movement in and around Delhi and UP-NCR.

Never ending traffic

Jams were reported from Mayur Vihar to Mahamaya flyover in Noida, Sector 1, Sector 16, Kalindi Kunj, and Sector 62, among others.

Areas from Mayur Vihar to Mahamaya flyover, in fact, remained clogged till Monday evening. Commuters travelling from Noida and Greater Noida took almost double the usual time to cross the stretch near the Dalit Prerna Sthal and Filmcity.

Similarly, the commuters taking the Mahamaya flyover-Kalindi Kunj route spent hours in their vehicles on Monday evening as this stretch too witnessed slow traffic near the upcoming Sector 94 police station.

Advisory issued

The Noida traffic police, meanwhile, issued an advisory for commuters and asking them to opt for other routes.

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