The Noida authority has failed to put traffic signage on a ‘one-way’ route on the Udyog Marg, eight months after it was supposed to do so.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration had, at the beginning of January, made the 2-km route signal-free to address traffic congestion issues and reduce pollution that was being caused due to traffic jams.
The Noida authority was supposed to remove the central verge, close down several cuts and put up traffic signages so new motorists did not accidentally end up driving in the wrong lane. However, the authority has still not implemented the recommendations made by the traffic cell.
“The authority chief executive officer will very soon approve the file and we will execute the recommendations,” said Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of the Noida authority.
The administration had initially deployed adequate policemen to prevent motorists from driving on the wrong side, but they were taken away after a few months. This has led to wrong-side driving, accidents and and traffic chaos on the stretch.
“A motorist who has come to Noida for the first time will not be aware that this road is one-way unless there is a traffic signage for it. Driving in the wrong direction has been causing congestion,” Udayvir Singh, a resident of sector 12, said.
The Noida authority has, however, shrugged the blame over the delay on the administration’s single-handed decision to make the change.
“Since it was not a mutual decision by the district administration and the Noida authority to make the change, it has taken the authority some time to get in-principle approvals on the status of the road. We will now do it without delay,” another authority official said.