After UP chief minister Mayawati expressed displeasure over the poor state of roads during her recent visit to Noida, the city authority has begun improvement measures.
Now, the authority is planning wider, better and “aesthetically pleasing” roads. The width of sector roads in Noida has been increased from 30 metres to 45 metres and changes have been made to the master plan 2031 for the purpose.
While strengthening of roads will be done with IIT Roorkee inputs, engineers of Noida authority will make the links look better. The authority will also remove overhead electric wires and shift them underground in case of important roads. Deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) NP Singh said, “A 20-metre stretch of MP road I from Vishwabharti School towards GIP underpass has been taken up as a pilot project to ensure proper roadside greenery, footpath, drainage, streetlighting, safe walk for pedestrians. On completion, the pilot project will be replicated on other city roads.”
“The model will be replicated at three stages — first on main roads, followed by sector-to-sector roads and finally inter-sector roads will be taken up for repair,” he added.
As for width, senior town planner Rajpal Kaushik said, “In sectors such as 94 and 127, residents have been facing jams due to congestion. The increase in width will take care of this issue.” Kaushik said some roads had been proposed to be widened earlier. “Those left out will now be widened,” he said.
In its October 2010 board meeting, Noida authority said roads between any two sectors would be 45 metre wide. It promised to have 30-metre-wide roads inside sectors. Now, changes have been made to the existing master plan for a further widening covering all city roads. Plans are also afoot to remove overhead electric wires and shift them underground in case of important roads to begin with.
In case of roads found damaged soon after repair, action will be taken against projects engineers and contractors concerned.