At Ashram Chowk, good news is a week away
delhi: picture this: you live in noida and must catch a client
at lajpat nagar at 10 am. naturally, you’ll use the noida
toll bridge — the fastest route — then onto the ring
road. so when would you leave home? at least at 8:30 am, as there
is that chaotic bottleneck called ashram chowk. but october 30
could be the your dream-day. driving at a moderate 60 km per hour,
you may cover the 6.5 km stretch on your way to lajpat nagar in
six or seven minutes flat. that’s because the ashram chowk
flyover will be thrown open to traffic in a week’s time.
the six-lane flyover, which is 270 metres long, was conceived
in 1996 as part of the noida toll bridge project. it was supposed
to be inaugurated along with it in february this year. but a controversial
wall — that had to be pulled down following a high court
order — and a pending sewage line case with maharani bagh
residents dragged construction work a good seven months beyond
schedule. but though many commuters travelling to delhi from noida
are happy, traffic police are not sure ashram flyover is the best
solution. ‘‘we are expecting traffic on the toll bridge
to double from the present 23,000-25,000 vehicles a day,’’
says noida toll bridge corporation ceo pradeep puri. exactly so,
says maxwell pereira, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
‘‘this is an elitist flyover for the noida crowd.
our study shows that only 30 per cent of the traffic crossing
the chowk heads straight on the ring road towards lajpat nagar.
bulk of the traffic, about 60 per cent, coming south turns left
towards mathura road and the remaining right towards nizamuddin.
the flyover should have been exactly at right angles to what it
is now. most of the trouble flows beneath the flyover, ‘’
pereira said. sandeep jain, a businessman travelling regularly
from new friends colony to lajpat nagar, is waiting for the ‘‘construction
mess’’ at the chowk to clear up. ‘‘i still
take half an hour to 45 minutes to reach just the chowk from home.
the pressure on mathura road is very heavy,’’ he says,
hoping that the new flyover will ease the congestion at the crossing.
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