Read the signs: EPE to direct traffic to KMP, get vehicles to bypass Delhi

NOIDA: The National Highways Authority of India () is planning to install and at multiple points on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) so that headed to Jaipur or Ahmedabad don’t have to enter Delhi and instead take the Western Peripheral Expressway, also known as KMP.
The decision was taken at a meeting of traffic authorities of three NCR states — Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh — on Tuesday. Talks were held among the three states on how to take vehicular load off Delhi in the wake of guidelines issued by the EPCA on ways to fight pollution. The movement of heavy vehicles from other states to Delhi has been restricted in the wake of rising pollution levels.

Sources present in the meeting said traffic departments of the three states shared with each other relevant data, such as the number of vehicles that had entered Delhi from other states between November 19 and 26. Officials said that in the absence of proper signage to guide travellers, a number of vehicles headed to other states went via Delhi.

Kishore Kanyal, project director of NHAI, said 46,000 vehicles on an average use the EPE daily, 25,000 of which are cars and 15,000-16,000 trucks or buses.

Gautam Budh Nagar SP (traffic) Anil Jha, who was a part of the meeting, said whenever restrictions are imposed on movement of vehicles in Delhi, trucks headed for industrial areas such as Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Faridabad are sent back from the borders of Chilla, DND, etc. A similar ban on heavy vehicles in the national capital during the first 10 days of November saw trucks line up on the border in Noida. The trucks, which ate up much of the road space, also caused massive traffic jams. “To avoid this, signage needs to be installed at the borders so that vehicles don’t have to go back,” Jha said.

Kanyal said the volume of traffic on the EPE had increased manifold over the past few months. “The numbers should actually come down as the WPE has started functioning from November 19. Signage with proper directions need to be installed at multiple spots, like about 5km before entering Delhi or 10km before Agra. Concerns of the traffic departments such as these were noted down at the meeting,” he said.

At the same meeting, officials also noted that an interchange to be built at Jaganpur-Afzalpur village to link the Yamuna Expressway with the EPE needed to be fast-tracked. The interchange is a major demand of transporters using the Yamuna Expressway as they have to travel all the way to Sirsa toll to take the EPE.

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will construct the crucial interchange, which will help those travelling from Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, Moradabad, Faridabad, etc. is awaiting the design and specifications for the project from NHAI.

The UP government had on September 4 given a go-ahead for the proposal, saying that YEIDA would open e-tenders for the interchange that has to come up on the basis of drawings and specifications of the NHAI. It will be funded by the highways authority.

YEIDA CEO Arunvir Singh told TOI they had been repeatedly requesting NHAI to hand over the design so that work can be started. “Our officials have been pursuing the matter for the past 10 days,” he said.

Kanyal, however, said that they would try to provide the required designs in a week.

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