Friday, February 3, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalit park foot overbridge sparks massive traffic snarls

Dalit park foot overbridge sparks massive traffic snarls
Aniruddha Ghosal, TNN | Feb 3, 2012, 12.59AM IST

NOIDA: The chaotic traffic in and around Film City has worsened after
the Noida Authority partially closed down the entry to sector 16A,
which connects Delhi to Noida sector 18 and Greater Noida, to make way
for the construction of a foot overbridge (FOB).

The structure will help pedestrians cross over from Film City to the
multi-crore Dalit Prerna Sthal. Traffic officials say the situation
will not improve until the FOB gets constructed by May and commuters
will face unavoidable traffic jams.

The FOB, being constructed at for almost Rs 5 crore, spans over the
Dadri road and will allow pedestrians to walk from Apeejay School to
the park. Even though officials claimed that the construction process
will be handled in such a way that traffic movement is not hampered,
the arterial route has become the site of a regular traffic logjam.
"At no given point of time during the construction the road will be
blocked so that traffic can keep moving," said a Noida Authority

However, in spite of the Authority's claims, the road was plagued with
traffic snarls throughout the day on Thursday, forcing the traffic
cops to close down the entry to sector 16A on the DND flyway to
accommodate the flow of traffic on the Dadri road. "We partially
closed down the 16A entry on the DND to decrease the traffic pressure
on Dadri road," said Saifuddin Beg, chief traffic inspector, Noida
traffic police.

The congestion forced commuters to use the crowded Rajnigandha Chowk
and traffic officials admitted that the situation is not likely to
improve until the FOB gets constructed. According to the traffic
police, Dadri road sees over 1 lakh vehicles commuting on it daily,
while DND officials estimate that 20 per cent of all traffic on the
flyway passes through the entry to Film City.

"We will do our best to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as
possible. But the Dadri road is already a two-lane road and the
construction has effectively made one lane non-functional. This,
combined with the vehicular pressure on the road, makes traffic jams
inevitable," said a senior traffic official.

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