NOIDA: Monday morning brought with it the blues of commuting. Office-goers travelling between Noida and Delhi spent hours on the road as the Noida Expressway got choked after a truck overturned on it and the DND witnessed long snarls after police sealed the borders with the capital for three hours apprehending another Congress cavalcade.
Police said one of the tyres of the overloaded truck burst on the Noida Expressway early on Monday and the vehicle crashed into a tractor near Amity University in Sector 125. The truck overturned under the impact and the sacks of grains it was carrying fell on the road.
Although the accident took place in the wee hours, the police could remove the two vehicles only around noon. By then, the queue of rush-hour vehicles had spanned several kilometres. Even though the truck and the tractor were removed, the heaps of grain still lay on the road, causing the vehicles to move at snail’s pace.
Commuters said they were delayed by 40 minutes on an average. “The truck was overloaded, which is why it overturned. I was returning from Pari Chowk towards Noida when I got stuck in the jam around 2km before the accident spot,” said a youth who crossed the spot around 10.15am.
Brajesh Sharma, who regularly travels from Noida to his office in Delhi, was also one of those who got stuck. “Around 500 metres ahead of the Mahamaya flyover, I saw the two vehicles that had collided and the sacks of grain lying on the road. The truck and the tractor had covered almost half of the entire breadth of the road. Policemen were present at the spot and were guiding vehicles. But this caused me enormous delay in the morning,” he added.
The traffic situation eased somewhat during the noon, but the sacks of grains were still there on the road till the evening. DCP (traffic) Ganesh Saha agreed that it took time to remove the two vehicles with a crane. He said the police received calls about the traffic mess till late evening, when the heaps of grains were still being lifted.
Travel between Noida and Delhi was not just hit on the expressway, but also the DND, where the police put up barricades at the border after receiving information that a Congress cavalcade led by party functionary Udit Raj would enter Noida on its way to Hathras.
Only two lanes were open for traffic between Noida and Delhi. While the border remained sealed for at least three hours, Raj’s cavalcade took the Ghaziabad route via UP Gate in a last minute change of travel plans. Subsequently, one more lane was opened for traffic for entering into Noida and four lanes were opened for going to Delhi.
Additional DCP (Noida) Ranvijay Singh said five sub-inspectors and 25 constables were deployed at the DND, fearing another protest by Congress supporters.

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