Once complete, the underpass will give respite from traffic jams to commuters navigating through sectors 51, 52, 71, 72 towards City Centre, Mamura and Sector 62. The traffic pressure at the spot has increased due to the opening of the Blue Line metro extension from Sector 52 to Electronic City and Aqua Line connecting Sector 51 with Greater Noida’s Depot metro station.
“The project work will start once the model code of conduct is lifted after the election results are out,” KK Agarwal, general manager, Noida Authority, told TOI.
In fact, the crossing where the underpass will come up is a junction for vehicles headed to Sector 62 from City Centre and from Mamura Chowk to sectors 71, 72. During rush hours, commuters are often stuck in traffic snarls in the area. Auto-rickshaws parked in a haphazard manner add to the mess. In the absence of sufficient traffic police personnel, people often jump signals and create a chaos.
Sanjeev Kumar, RWA general secretary of Sector 51, said this underpass is very important to get respite from the chaotic traffic jams in the area. “The queue at the traffic light is always long. It is almost impossible to navigate in one greenlight at traffic signal. We had requested Noida Authority to develop this underpass and also make a U-turn for residents driving from Noida City Centre to sectors 51 and 51,” he said.
While the underpass aims to facilitate seamless connectivity for commuters going from Noida City Centre to Noida Extension and vice versa, local people are also demanding a skywalk on the spot. “Noida Authority had proposed the skywalk to facilitate commuting between the two metro stations that would also connect the road towards Sector 71. This will be of great help since the traffic pressure is likely to increase,” said another resident.
Noida Authority officials said the skywalk project is under consideration and they will discuss the issue after the election results. The underpass project will be developed within 18 months and the cost is Rs 52.70 crore.
In March 2018, Noida Authority had conducted a study of city roads and decided to take some long-term solutions, like developing underpasses and elevated roads, to address the city’s traffic woes. They also introduced some short-term measures like setting up speed breakers, renovating traffic signs and signals at different locations.