Noida: Noida, a bustling city neighboring Delhi, is grappling with a traffic crisis following the opening of the Ashram flyover. Despite the efforts of the Noida Traffic Police to regulate the flow of vehicles from Delhi via the DND (Delhi-Noida-Direct) flyway, persistent traffic snarls are causing significant disruptions to daily commutes.
The situation has escalated to the point where drivers are experiencing agonizing delays of up to 3 to 4 hours during peak hours near the DND toll plaza.
The traffic chaos reached a crescendo on a recent Tuesday evening when a massive jam brought thousands of vehicles to a standstill for nearly two hours.
With the scorching heat exacerbating the discomfort, drivers were forced to endure prolonged waits while the Noida traffic police worked relentlessly to alleviate the situation.
The catalyst for this gridlock appears to be the construction and inauguration of the Ashram flyover in Delhi. This addition was intended to facilitate smooth, signal-free traffic for vehicles traveling from South Delhi and Sarai Kale Khan to Noida, as well as between AIIMS and Noida.
However, the unintended consequence has been an overwhelming surge in vehicular pressure on the DND flyway, particularly around the DND Loop and Film City areas.
The integration of the Ashram flyover with the DND has significantly amplified the volume of vehicles navigating the flyway. Despite efforts to accommodate this increased load, such as implementing a six-lane traffic system at the DND toll plaza, the situation remains far from under control.
The resultant congestion is not only causing frustration among commuters but also having broader implications for productivity and daily routines.