NOIDA: Commuters remained stranded on the and the till late Sunday night as ringing in the new year thronged the Sector 18 market- Noida‘s commercial hub.
Snarls on the and the Shahdara bridge started as early as 3 pm with and traffic movement remained slow throughout Sunday evening till night.
The widened proved narrow for those entering the from the Film City side as commuters remained stuck for over 10 minutes as mall visitors tried to get into the gate number 4 of the mall.
At 4:00 pm, officials could be seen signalling to the visitors to enter the mall from the gates located near the Radisson cut but snarls waiting time for commuters increased as the day progressed.
The stretch of the Captain Vijyant Thapar Marg under the Sector 18 metro station and the Rajnigandha intersection too saw snarls as commuters kept flowing in.
The Traffic police had allowed entry from the HDFC Cut and the Radisson cut but the China Cut- where maximum traffic from Sector 16 metro station side flows in- was also used.
Commuters could be seen insisting on entering the mall from gate number 7 even as parking officials signalled to move ahead.
Traffic police personnel could be seen deployed on the China cut and Radisson cut. At around 9 pm too, a commuter could be seen trying to hurry out of the market and a traffic police constable reprimanding him for the same.
“This problem is because of too many malls in the area,” a constable said.
Traffic inspector Layak Singh told TOI that the traffic. Police has deployed around 40 personnel only in and around Sector 18 area and have tried their best to maintain smooth traffic.
“We have tried to maintain smooth traffic throughout. Traffic slows down near the entry to the mall and commuter flowed in the Gurudwara too but we did not let the traffic stall,” he said.
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