Starting Thursday afternoon, traffic restrictions will come into effect to accommodate two significant events - the inaugural MotoGP Bharat and Uttar Pradesh's first international trade fair. These restrictions primarily apply to a 35km stretch of the main road leading to the event venues.
While the trade show at the India Expo Mart is set to open at 4 pm, authorities have made it clear that trucks, buses, autos, and e-rickshaws will not be allowed on a 25km section of the Noida Expressway and a 10km part of the Yamuna Expressway, spanning from zero point to the Buddh International Circuit, beginning at 2 pm.
However, personal vehicles and taxis will still be permitted. To avoid potential traffic congestion, commuters are advised to utilize alternative routes when traveling to Delhi, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Agra, and Lucknow. Traffic officials have also indicated that diversions may be implemented on these routes if the traffic volume surges due to the expected high turnout at both events. The local hotels are reporting full occupancy, mainly due to the influx of foreign delegates and tourists, particularly for the MotoGP Bharat.
The traffic restrictions will be further tightened on Thursday afternoon when President Droupadi Murmu visits the Expo Mart for the inauguration, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attending. DCP (traffic) Anil Kumar Yadav confirmed that these restrictions will remain in effect until the conclusion of MotoGP Bharat on Sunday. However, curbs around the India Expo Mart will persist until midnight on Monday.
The footfall is expected to reach its peak starting Friday, coinciding with the three-day MotoGP event and the opening of the five-day trade fair. In response, the Noida administration has ordered the closure of all schools from 2 pm onwards on September 21, with a full-day closure on September 22, including colleges. Many private companies have also encouraged their employees to work from home on Friday.
To facilitate the movement of trade show visitors from Noida, Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Gurgaon, authorities have arranged parking facilities on NASA grounds in Knowledge Park 2, capable of accommodating nearly 13,000 vehicles. An additional parking area has been established at the GL Bajaj Institute of Technology and Management campus.
For those heading to the MotoGP event from Noida and Delhi, exit loops 2A or 2C of the Yamuna Expressway will be the route to the Buddh International Circuit. Organizers of MotoGP have made parking provisions in the east, west, south, and north zones, capable of accommodating approximately 22,000 vehicles. Travelers from Agra and Mathura will need to take the Chapargadh loop exit to reach the venue.
To alleviate congestion on the Noida Expressway, the traffic department has planned to divert evening traffic through the LG roundabout, Surajpur, and Pari Chowk.
All heavy vehicles, except those on essential services and with permits, will be redirected from the Delhi border. People traveling to Mathura, Agra, and Lucknow from Delhi via Noida and Greater Noida have been advised to utilize Noida's internal roads, followed by national highways 9 and 91. Those heading to Ghaziabad can consider M, 2 & 3 roads or opt for the route via New Ashok Nagar, Jhundpura, NIB, Model Town, and Chhajarsi.
Given these restrictions and potential traffic bottlenecks, the traffic police are strongly encouraging commuters to use the metro system as an alternative means of transportation to avoid diversions and traffic challenges.
(With inputs from TOI)
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