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An unannounced decision by the UP power department and the traffic police to allow stringing of a high-tension wire on two poles located near the Noida-Greater Noida expressway resulted in commuters being stranded on both carriageways of the Noida expressway on Saturday.
There were snarls on the expressway as the officials of Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) carried out the stringing of the 400-kV line passing over the expressway.
In the absence of any prior information or advisory by either the western division of the UPPTCL, which was overseeing the work, or the traffic police, the commuters going towards Greater Noida and Agra via the expressway, and on the other carriageway were caught unawares by the tailbacks.
The work was being carried out at Shafipur village, Sector 148, where a cleft road connects the Noida-Greater Noida expressway with the Yamuna expressway.
Traffic was blocked by the traffic police intermittently as the UPPTCL officials carried out the stringing of the 400-kV high-tension line on two poles located besides the Noida-Greater Noida expressway. This led to snarls on the stretch at intervals of 15-20 minutes between 11am and 1pm on Saturday.
Rahul Goyal, a resident of Sector 12, said he was travelling to Agra and had reached a few kilometres before zero point when he got stuck in a jam. "The vehicles had lined up to as far as 2.5km," he said.
UPPTCL officials said that permission was taken from the traffic police on Friday for carrying out the work. "We had taken permission on Friday. The work was completed by 1pm," Rajneesh Priyadarshini, UPPTCL engineer, told TOI.
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