Saturday morning became a nightmare for commuters between Delhi and Noida with the Noida police shutting the Kalindi Kunj border and inserting barricades to test autos on the different entry factors to Noida — on Noida Hyperlink Highway, Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway, and Mayur Vihar Part-2 — in addition to the entry factors to Ghaziabad.
The Noida visitors police mentioned the restrictions had been a part of heightened safety on account of a go to by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who was in Noida’s Sector 39 to inaugurate a hospital. He later visited Sector 59 to examine a Covid-19 administration management room.
Commuters complained in regards to the “unannounced” border closure, which led to serpentine visitors queues on the Delhi-Noida borders. The scenario was notably unhealthy at Kalindi Kunj, the place autos had been being turned again by the police.
“I used to be on my means from Sarita Vihar to Noida. At Kalindi Kunj, police had put up barricades stopping vehicular entry from the Delhi aspect. I used to be left ready for an hour, earlier than visitors cops advised us that the restrictions might be eliminated solely by afternoon,” Saurav Kumar, a commuter, mentioned.
The Kalindi Kunj border closure had a cascading impact on the visitors on Delhi-Mathura Highway, which grew to become choked. Many mentioned the chaos on the stretch was additionally aggravated by drivers reversing their autos on seeing the barricades and attempting to make their means again in opposition to the circulate of visitors.
In a collection of advisories issued on Saturday by their social media accounts, the Delhi visitors police knowledgeable commuters from Delhi in regards to the barricading on the Noida borders and prompt that they take different routes.
“Site visitors motion could be very gradual from Delhi in the direction of NOIDA on Kalindi Kunj Flyover attributable to very tight barricading/checking by NOIDA Police. Motorists are suggested to make use of DND,” learn the primary advisory, issued at 10am.
Nonetheless, some time later, the excessive visitors quantity on the DND Flyway route introduced autos to a standstill. “Being the weekend, the visitors was nonetheless underneath management. We had been issuing common advisories however the closure of borders was a name taken by the Noida police on account of VVIP motion. By night, the visitors had eased,” a senior Delhi visitors police officer mentioned.
A lot of vans and bikers had been additionally stranded. Noida visitors police mentioned autos connected to important companies had been allowed to proceed and others had been requested to take the DND Flyway.
“We strengthened the border restrictions at present (Saturday) morning which led to gradual motion of visitors. The visitors on Kalindi Kunj route was stopped for lower than 10 minutes because of the CM’s go to and it didn’t trigger any main snarls. Nonetheless, for menace evaluation, some autos had been being checked and essential paperwork verified,” deputy commissioner of police, zone 1 (Noida), Sankalp Sharma mentioned.
Annoyed commuters took to social media to vent their anger. Many posted photos and movies of the stagnant visitors, whereas others complained in regards to the lack of prior info and absence of visitors personnel to redirect autos.
Devendra Mawai, a commuter, tweeted, “Complete Noida and Delhi border is blocked for final 4 hours with none prior info, it’s completely chaotic and there’s a horrible jam on the Delhi-Noida border; I’m on the Yamuna bridge for final three hours . Please permit clean visitors. (sic)”
Noida additionally has weekend restrictions on account of the “mini lockdown” in place to assist with Covid-19 social distancing norms. Police mentioned the borders might be monitored so long as these lockdowns proceed within the state.