Saturday, 11 October 2014
Noida Planning For A Signal Free Traffic
To remove the traffic problem in Noida, faced by many commuters which results long travelling hours, the Noida authority has a number of projects lined up for the city like under passes, FOBs (foot over bridges), multilevel park ing, major road linkages, and elevated roads on all main roads, which would reduce the traffic load and make commuting easy for residents and visitors.
With such improvements the Real estate development is expected to accelerate.
A survey shows that traffic volume during peak hours in the last few years has increased manyfold making life of commuters very difficult on clogged roads. The Noida authority has already constructed a number of underpasses and flyovers in the recent past to ease traffic movement.
But this is not enough for the ever increasing traffic woes and the authority has approved Rs 45.42 crore for the construction of a new underpass at the busy intersection of Sector 25A24 and Sector 2433A on the Master Plan (MP) 2 Road.
The proposed underpass is expected to ensure free-flow of traffic for nearly 40,000 daily commuters who face heavy traffic and wait for long at traffic signal.
The authority is set to construct a 5.5km-long elevated road on MP2 Road (Vishwa Bharti School to Shopprix Mall) at a cost of Rs 500 crore, as part of a plan to make the a hassle free experience while commuting to Noida. Apart from this, a number of underpasses have been planned on Master Plan 3 Road (Golf Course to NH-24).
According to a work plan prepared by the planning and engineering department of Noida authority, three half flyovers like the one on T-points of Sectors 54, 60, and 61 and another on Sectors 61, 53, and 54 towards MP 2 Road and a third towards the Sector 15A are to be constructed soon, which will provide maximum advantage from this proposed signal free flyovers, so that people can easily travel.
To make travel very easy and in less time, the Noida authority has recently approved the construction of a 5.8km-long elevated road parallel to the Shahdara drain. Starting from Sectors 14 and 14A and on to Sectors 95 and Kalindi Kunj, the four-lane stretch will be built at an estimated construction cost of Rs 525 crore. This will provide an alternative route between Kalindi Kunj and Noida, thus easing traffic congestion on the expressway.
Rama Raman, chairman and CEO of Noida authority, says: “The Noida authority has sanctioned the construction of traffic junction at Sector 71 crossing. Thousands of commuters, who now have to face traffic snarls at Sector 71 crossing during peak hours will be able to ply through the new junction. An underpass and a four-lane flyover are already operational at Sector 37 junction. According to Master Plan 2031, Noida's population will touch 25 lakh in another 20 years, 19 lakh more than the existing population. Keeping this in mind, traffic plan has been revised for widening of roads connecting to the sectors from the existing 30 metres to 45 metres.“
The Noida authority is already working to remove various bottlenecks on the city's roads. Roads like those in Sector 18, Rajnigandha Chowk, Sector 37 and Choura Mode have already been widened to meet the growth of vehicular movement. In addition, a second bridge will be built on Okhla Barrage parallel to the existing Yamuna bridge.
Over the years, the lack of space for parking vehicles has risen to alarming proportions because of the lack of planning. Traffic chaos is a common problem, as limited space for parking leads to improper parking across all roads. Due to the bottleneck created by vehicles parked haphazardly on the roads and even encroaching upon footpaths in many areas like Harola market, Sector 6, Sector 15, Sector 16, Sector 62, etc, entering Noida during peak hours is very difficult. A large number of vehicles belonging to the BPO companies can be seen parked at random, mostly on roads in Sectors 16, 3, 24, 58, 59, 60, 61, and 62.
To free the city from such traffic problems and give a seamless flow of vehicles, Noida authority has planned to open new multilevel parking lots in the city across Sectors 5, 8, 18, 57, and 63. The authority has finalized the design for the parking lots that lie in four industrial sectors and one business sector of the city.
To reduce the heavy traffic and make the traffic movement easy and convenient on the busy Hindon bridge across the Okhla Barrage, which connects Kalindi Kunj to Noida, a new bridge parallel to the existing one has been. Since 1986, the existing bridge has seen a tremendous increase in vehicular traffic.
The existing old bridge is also to be upgraded and work is being taken up in phases on both sides of the carriageway. The existing bridge was designed to cater to only around 10,000 vehicles a day, but nearly 1,00,000 vehicles ply on it every day.
The barrage was built to check the flow of Yamuna and prevent floods. It has a two-lane link on each side to connect Noida with areas like Kalindi Kunj and Mathura Road, which cannot cope with the volume of traffic. Colonies sprouting up along Noida-Greater Noida Expressway have also contributed to the unchecked rise in traffic.
The Noida authority has already expedited work on two bridges to be built across Yamuna, which will improve connectivity between Noida and Faridabad.
The first bridge will connect Faridabad Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) Expressway with Haryana in Faridabad.
This bridge will be constructed in Noida's Sector 150. The other bridge is proposed to link Noida's Sector 168 with Faridabad's Badoli village.
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