With Metro Ph-III, South Delhi to face a traffic nightmare

Commuters in South Delhi, particularly those travelling around major commercial hubs, will have to face a tough time from next week as the traffic police have come up with massive traffic diversions at some of the prime locations due to construction of Metro Phase-III.

From next week, traffic will be diverted at five major commercial hubs – Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar market, Lajpat Nagar, Nizamuddin and INA.

Officials said traffic is likely to be affected at some of the arterial roads as a spill-over effect. The stretches to be affected are Feroze Gandhi Marg near Lajpat Nagar, the access to Barapullah from Aurobindo Marg, the road connecting Africa Avenue to Ring Road, August Kranti Marg and Green Park among others.

Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of Delhi Police (traffic) said that the traffic police have worked out diversion plans and the diversions are going to affect traffic movement on the busy ring road.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already started putting up barricades on the stretch and the diversions will come into force from Monday onwards. The DMRC has started work on Metro Phase-III from Aradhana Apartments, Sector-13, R.K. Puram Ring Road to Sarai Kale Khan, ISBT. This portion will be underground and Metro stations would be constructed at Bhikaji Kama Place, Sarojini Nagar Market, Aurbindo Marg, Lajpat Nagar and Hazrat Nizamuddin Station.

Due to construction at INA market, traffic movement will be affected on Maharaja Agrasen Marg from one end of Dilli Hatt up to its junction with Aurbindo Marg.