The Noida authority’s drive against illegal parking of vehicles on sidewalks and roads outside offices of major companies and schools has failed to serve the purpose.
The crackdown was launched three months ago in June in sectors 2, 3 and 16, but the authority officials could not take it to other areas of the city after two weeks. Those sectors where the drive was conducted, the situation has returned to its earlier stage now.
Senior officials on Tuesday refused to speak on why the drive was not conducted in other parts of the city. Noida authority CEO Sanjeev Saran could not be contacted for comment despite several attempts.
The authority had started the drive following complaints of unauthorised parking, especially near commercial buildings and office spaces. Residents claim that vehicle owners of several companies use roads for parking, narrowing the broad roads.
“We will launch the drive against such illegal parking again and ensure a congestion-free and better managed traffic on the main roads,” said a senior official, requesting anonymity.
Thousands of commuters have to bear with traffic congestion daily on the city’s main roads. The Noida authority and the traffic police have failed to address the issue appropriately. Commuters say one of the major causes of congestion is that the authorities do not regulate the traffic properly.
“In industrial, commercial and institutional areas, parking on roads has become a norm,” said Ajay Mathur, a resident of Sector 22.
The affected areas include Model Town, NIB and Chhijarsi T-points on NH-24, Delhi-Noida road, Rajnigandha Chowk, Gol Chakkar, Mamura Chowk, Labour Chowk, sectors 62, 121 and service road along NH-24.