Mon. Mar 27th, 2023

Multiple stretches of roads in Delhi have been closed for maintenance and construction work, resulting in commuters facing traffic jams for the third day in a row on Wednesday. The Chirag Delhi Flyover was shut down starting on Sunday for 50 days, and starting on Tuesday, Rangpuri to Rajokari on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-48) was shut down for 90 days. The major effect of the closure can be seen in South and Southwest Delhi..

Keshav Kumar, a trader, said, “The situation in the south and southeast Delhi area are the same. I came from Noida and thought that the Ashram flyover will give relief, but had no idea about the bumper-to-bumper traffic in Chirag Delhi. Now, I have to go to Gurugram and planning to take the metro due to the traffic situation.”

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Vrinda Bhatia, who works in central Delhi, said she reached home on Tuesday after spending two hours on chocked roads. “I work in central Delhi and put up from Gurugram. On Tuesday, the traffic situation was smooth in the morning when I was going to work.

“However, when I was returning home, it seemed like the whole of Delhi has chocked. It took me two-and-half-hours to reach Gurugram. Today, I took a metro to the office and thinking of continuing this till the stretch reopens,” Bhatia said. Several other commuters also shared updates of the traffic situation on Twitter. One of them said he had been stuck for 35 minutes and moved only 150 metres at Chirag Delhi.

Others said there was a massive jam at Ashram and also heavy traffic between Kapashera to Rajokari. The commuters also took alternate routes to reach their destinations.

“We were getting regular updates about the closure of the Chirag Delhi flyover and the portion on NH-18 through news and social media. “Since Monday, I am taking the Bijwasan route to go to Gurugram. Though there is more traffic then usual, but the stretch is more convenient then the main NH-48,” Ankit Upadhyaya, an MNC employee, stated.

The traffic was also affected in west Delhi due to construction work, with traffic police asking people to avoid the stretch. “Movement of traffic is slow from Raja Garden towards Britannia Chowk due to construction work of Punjabi Bagh flyover. There is a delay of 10-15 min to commute this stretch. Kindly avoid the stretch,” Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.

On Tuesday, PWD Minister Atishi directed officials to complete the maintenance work of the Chirag Delhi flyover within a month as against 50 days. The minister held a meeting with senior officials of the public works department (PWD) to resolve the issue on a priority basis.

With PTI Inputs

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