The setting up of Transport Nagar in the city will take some more time, what with the contractor assigned the job having pleaded his helplessness for undertaking it. So once again the Noida Authority is back to square one. Once again the tenders have to be floated to select a new contractor.
"We will have to float the tenders again," says S K Srivastava, chief project engineer, Noida Authroity. Five years hence when it was first promised, the Transport Nagar project in the city shows no signs of taking off. First it was residents of the surrounding villages who protested having such a facility in their neighbourhood, now it is contractor who says he cannot manage it in the promised amount.
Significantly, the land behind Prakash Hospital in Sector 33, which the NA has marked as temporary transport nagar isn't used much. This is because no development work has been carried out here. There is no boundary wall and there are no services like toilets and tea stalls, except for some illegal tea stalls. The transporters don't feel secure in parking their vehicles here, more so considering the fact that the vehicles theft cases are at an all-time high in this city.
The result is the city still has no place where the transporters can park their buses and trucks. These vehicles can be seen parked all along the main roads, and at any vacant space available. Greater Noida fares slightly better since the population there is less and roads are so wide that one lane covered by parked vehicles doesn't make much difference to the moving traffic.
The state of Noida roads is worse since the internal roads here are not that wide and face heavy movement of traffic. Buses and other heavy vehicles here can be seen parked on almost all the roads leading to traffic chaos. None of the roads is free of parked vehicles be it in Sector 12, 22, 27, 25, 35, 51, 49, 45, 24, 34, 62, 62 etc. Even the villages like Naya Bans, Salarpur and Bhangel, are not free of this menace. "The situation on the road from Sector 1 to Rajnigandha Crossing is slightly better these days since during peak house traffic cops are stationed here and they do not allow anyone to park vehicle," says Sandeep Garg of Sector 15.
"If this is not enough, buses are also parked inside residential sectors, with drivers and their helpers using parks for bathing and other purposes. "This is a big nuisance," says Garg.
·The setting up of Transport Nagar for Gautam Budh Nagar district was first announced in 2006.
·68-acre land in Sector 69 was earmarked for Transport Nagar.
·R9.5 crore is the cost of construction.
·The work is proposed to be done in three phases. In the first phase sewer lines, water pipes and drains are to be constructed. In the second phase, shops, guest houses and community centre is proposed. In the third phase, beautification work is to be undertaken.