The Noida authority has initiated work on its project of naming roads, lanes and blocks as residents, expats and visitors are finding it hard to find locations across the city.
The naming would not only help residents but also the large floating population that comes from Delhi, Faridabad and Gurgaon for work every day. Besides, in the absence of proper names, residents as well as authority officials often get confused about locations during emergency calls.
“To stay away from political controversies, we have decided not to name streets or blocks after political leaders. If a road has palm trees lined up along it we will name the same as Palm Street. If the road leads to a big park, we will call it Park Street,” said SC Gaur, chief architect and town planner, Noida authority.
“We will involve residents in the naming drive so that they also can suggest names and make this task more convenient. RWAs also can join this drive,” he said.
The project will be kicked off in Sector 47, a prime locality along the Dadri Road. The authority estimates an approximate expenditure of Rs 20 lakh for putting up signage and name plates for roads in this sector. After work in this sector is complete, the authority will start the process in the adjoining Sector 48. Bishanpura village, adjoining Sector 58, is the first village selected for the project.
“We recently selected a private agency that will begin work on this project by the first week of February. The agency is tasked with the job of putting up signage and name plates of lanes,” said Sandip Chandra, head of the Noida authority traffic cell, which is monitoring this project.
Residents have also come up with suggestions to name the city roads. “We can pay tribute to our freedom fighters by naming roads after them. Avoiding names of political leaders is a good step,” said Anup Khanna, a social activist and resident of Sector 47.
“If the Noida authority needs our help with this project, we will definitely give ideas and suggestions. Our sector is already well organised,” said Brigadier (retd) Arvinder Singh, president of Sector 47 RWA.