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IT professional Prerna Singh breathed a sigh of relief when the Ashram flyover reopened last week after being closed for nearly 100 days. Living in Vasant Kunj and traveling to Noida every day, the 24-year-old was among thousands of south Delhi residents who had to overcome traffic hurdles to reach her workplace during this period.
Now, she’s ready to wrestle with another round of months-long talks.
Traffic will be affected on some routes in south Delhi for repair work on one of the vehicle roads of Chirag Delhi flyover on Outer Ring Road. The flyover will remain closed for 25 days from Sunday for the first round of repairs, officials said.
“I live in Vasant Kunj and have to travel to Noida every day. This will be a headache for me. First, we had to suffer because of construction on the Ashram flyover and now (the authorities are closing the flyover at) Chirag Delhi.
“It will create a delay of at least an hour in my journey. I cannot take the metro as I work late. The alternative routes will only be longer. I wish the work to be done quickly,” said Singh.
For some, the feeling of deja vu started on Sunday itself as traffic jams gripped parts of south Delhi.
“I came to Noida to my office on Press Enclave Marg. The sudden temporary closure of a road has led to traffic jams and that too on a Sunday,” said Shashank Singh, who works for a law firm.
“I had to take a turn towards Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg but I was stuck in a traffic jam for 40 minutes,” he added.
Commuters said their journeys would be longer because the carriageway was closed.
Uday Bhardwaj, a private sector worker said, “With the temporary closure of the expressway, I will face a lot of problems in reaching my office in Panchsheel Park.
“I live in Noida and it usually took me 40 minutes to reach it but now I will have to take a longer route which could be congested due to diversions. There should be a systematic way of fixing (these tropic) and none should stop their action any time they want.”
There is also concern that the Navratri celebrations, which begin later this month, will make crossing the areas around the flyover a nightmare.
“This will affect daily commuters for the next 50 days, especially around April 21 to 29 as there will be a large number of rituals near the Kalkaji temple area for Navratri.
“When the Ashram flyover was reopened, we thought we would finally get some relief from Delhi’s notorious traffic,” said Bhaskar Sinha, a banker.
Sinha, however, remains optimistic and said that despite the short-term trouble, they will ultimately be the ones to benefit.
According to an advisory from the Delhi Traffic Police, repair work will be done on the Nehru Place-IIT carriageway first.
Due to the closure of the flyover, commuters traveling to all major areas of south Delhi, including Malviya Nagar, Panchsheel Park and Vasant Kunj, are likely to face traffic jams. However, the traffic police have suggested diversions to avoid inconvenience.