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Plan to decongest Akshardham bottleneck cleared

The NH 24 stretch between Mayur Vihar and Akshardham Setu witnesses a 2-km jam daily. The NH 24 stretch between Mayur Vihar and Akshardham Setu witnesses a 2-km jam daily. (Express Archive)
Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Posted: June 3, 2014 3:59 am | Updated: June 3, 2014 8:06 am

Commuters may soon be able to enjoy a smooth ride to Noida and Ghaziabad on the NH 24, with the Public Works Department (PWD) on Monday finally approving a decongestion plan that was in the pipeline for over a year.

The plan, proposed by Traffic Police, aims to decongest the NH 24 stretch between Mayur Vihar and Akshardham Setu, which witnesses a 2-km traffic jam everyday during the peak hour. The reason for the bottleneck: faulty geometrical construction of the loop from NH24 to climb the Noida flyover towards UP Link road and inadequate weaving space on the slip road going towards Ghaziabad.

The proposal includes relocation of the toilet block near Samaspur Jagir bus stop and widening of the slip road; remove two successive pedestrian signals that hinder traffic movement and build a foot overbridge (FOB); shift the Samaspur Jagir bus stop to widen the three-lane carriageway to five.

“Traffic from Nizamuddin Bridge comes on a six-lane carriageway. But when it reaches the slip road, the traffic is forced into a three lane carriageway, creating a bottleneck there,” a source said. “We identified main causes behind the situation, carried out a study and submitted a detailed proposal to the PWD,” the source said.

According to police, action to shift the bus stand and remove the toilet block was already in progress. Also, the PWD has started the construction of an FOB in the area, post which pedestrian signals that hinder vehicular movement will be removed.

Sources said the only obstacle was obtaining approval to clear trees from a plot which will be needed for the expansion of the carriageway.

“To widen the carriageway to five lanes, we will have to cut down some trees in the area. For that, we will require clearance from the Forest department. We have sent in an application in this regard and are expecting a reply soon. Once we get the green signal, we will start the work in the area,” a source said.

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