With another mishap at the Metro construction site in Zamrudpur,the traffic situation in South Delhi remained grim for the second consecutive day on Monday.
Residents of Greater Kailash complained of long traffic jams. My wife teaches at Bluebells School and it took her nearly two hours to return home in GK. She told me that traffic was stuck in front of Archana Complex for more than 35 minutes, said Sudhir Kalra,an advocate.
The traffic jam spilled on to connecting roads as well. The BRT corridor,Moolchand intersection,Ring Road,Outer Ring Road (near Nehru Place) and Kalkaji had long traffic jams. The Delhi Traffic Police had advised motorist to avoid using Kalkaji-Moolchand road and take detours using the Hans Raj Road,which cuts through Greater Kailash. This led to a standstill in Greater Kailash. Areas like,Sant Nagar crossing,Archana Complex,N-C Block Market were clogged.
It is scary as Blueline buses and RTVs are also using colony roads. To avoid jams people are using any road available. The traffic police are also not monitoring traffic properly, said GK E-block RWA member Rajiv Kakria.
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Meanwhile,some commuters complained that there was not enough information about what route to take. I left home at around noon hoping to find less traffic,but first my car got stuck inside Greater Kailash. To escape that I took a detour to the BRT,which was equally clogged. It took me more than 45 minutes to cross the stretch, said Arpita Dey,a CR Park resident who was headed to Connaught Place.
The traffic police,meanwhile,claim there is enough deployment of traffic officials. We have deployed enough police officers in the area and the situation is under control, said Joint Commissioner (Traffic) S N Shrivastava.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC),however,has promised to open at least one of the carriageways,leading to Nehru Place,for traffic by Tuesday afternoon.
One lane is likely to be opened for traffic by tomorrow afternoon and the other lane will be opened in six to seven days,by when the entire operation is expected to be completed, said Anuj Dayal,spokesperson,DMRC.
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