The Noida-Greater Noida Expressway has turned into a den of criminals. Even after three major cases of crime in the past two days, no police presence was seen on the entire 23-km stretch between both cities on Wednesday.
Police officials claim two PCR vans are deployed on the stretch. But a Hindustan Times team - which did a reality check on Wednesday - found none. Surprisingly there were no PCR vans even at Pari Chowk in Greater Noida (where the link ends) or near Mahamaya Flyover in Noida (from where the link begins).
Security in the area has been lax despite the fact that the expressway is witnessing - on its both sides - development of big-ticket real estate projects. There are about 300,000 under-construction/completed houses in about 20 sectors along the stretch. Of the 23 km length of the expressway, 20 km falls in Noida and the rest in Greater Noida.
"We have sent a proposal to the state government to create a dedicated force for the expressway. Currently, the entire stretch comes under the jurisdiction of five police stations. A dedicated force will end the perennial jurisdiction row between Noida and Greater Noida cops," said a police officer.
There are no CCTV cameras even at the entry and exit points. 'We have proposed to install CCTV cameras on the expressway to check increasing crime and accidents," he said.
Residents claim goons have a free run in the absence of police patrolling on the stretch. "Businessmen and top executives of multi-national companies prefer the area. The expressway has also seen huge commercial and institutional growth. While the authority is working on projects to ensure water, electricity and sanitation in the area, law and order plans have left much to be desired," said a resident.
The Noida authority has also expressed its concern over the safety of the residents along the expressway. "The authority estimates these 20 and as many more sectors along the expressway will add an additional population of 11 lakh, mostly in Noida, by 2016. The addition is projected to be as much as 15 lakh by 2021. We need to put in place a better security mechanism," admitted a senior Noida authority official.
The expressway also lacks emergency services like fire stations and ambulance services. Although the authority has set a maximum speed limit of 100km/hr on the expressway, the traffic police have only one speed gun to check over-speeding.
The problem areas
There is no dedicated force. Five police stations look after the stretch.
No PCR vans found patrolling the area
No CCTV cameras installed even at the entry and exit points.
The expressway also lacks emergency services like fire stations and ambulance services
The traffic police have only one speed gun to check over speeding.
Fog-related accidents wreak havoc on the expressway every winter.
Criminals waylay seven dumpers and rob drivers of cash on Monday night.
Criminals shoot security agency supervisor on Monday night.
Carjackers brutally beat up a businessman inside his Wagon R, loot the vehicle on Sunday.
March 17: An NRI driving his car falls victim to road rage.
23 km: Is the length of the expressway
300,000: Under-construction/completed houses in about 20 sectors along the stretch.
11 lakh: Additional population, mostly in Noida, to come up in 40 sectors along the stretch by 2016.
15 lakh: Is the additional population projected by 2021 in these sectors
About the E-way
The expressway was built by the two development authorities at R400 crore. Of the 23 km length of the expressway, 20 km falls in Noida and the rest in Greater Noida. The Greater Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway is ready for inauguration. There is plan to merge both links. This will require a far better security apparatus both for commuters and housing societies.
The realty boom
There are about 300,000 under-construction/completed houses in about 20 sectors along the stretch. Some of the sectors falling along the expressway are 44, 97, 98, 105, 93, 137, 167, 143, 94, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 168, 165, 151, 119, 120, 121 and 134. Most of these sectors have posh housing societies either developed or being developed by groups such as Japyee, Unitech, 3C, Purvanchal, Logix, Omaxe, Eldeco, Parsvnath, ATS, Supertech and Paramount.