In a bid to streamline traffic movement along the Captain Shashikant Marg, which runs from the Noida City Centre towards Noida Extension, the Noida Authority will soon begin construction of two underpasses on this route. Work on both the projects – one just ahead of the City Centre Metro station and the other near sector 72 – is expected to begin within a month after evaluation of the tender documents.
The underpass near the City Centre Metro station will ease flow of traffic along the Shivalik Marg going towards Dadri. “Traffic along this route can move unhindered by taking the underpass that will run from the inter-state bus terminus towards the old premises of the district hospital,” said a project engineer of the Authority. “It will also enable smooth traffic movement flowing along the Captain Shashikant Marg towards Noida Extension. At present, it is a maze creating lot of traffic jams as vehicles from four different directions converge at this point,” said the project engineer. The cost of the first underpass is pegged at Rs 37 crore.
The second underpass will be constructed at the crossing near sector 72 that witnesses a lot of traffic jams. Vehicular movement along this route is expected to increase several-fold once residential projects are completed in Noida Extension. “Since this is the main road that connects Noida with Noida Extension, vehicular movement is thick at all times of the day. Traffic movement along the road is expected to increase because the Metro terminates at the City Centre and from there commuters are forced to take road transport,” said the project engineer. “Moreover, after the completion of the City Centre, one of the biggest commercial centres in the NCR region, there is bound to be considerable increase in traffic in this region,” he added. The underpass near sector 72 is projected to cost around Rs 42 crore. [TOI]