The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) on Friday morning carried out an extensive drive to take down all illegally installed unipoles in Indirapuram. The move comes after a roadside vendor had a narrow escape when a unipole got uprooted and crashed on his roadside kiosk at Shakti Khand on Wednesday.
As per directions of the Vijay Yadav, the GDA vice-chairman, the drive was carried out on Thursday and Friday. The enforcement team of the development authority took down as many as 45 unipoles in the two days.
“Action has been taken against all private firms that had put up the unipoles illegally on city roads as well as road dividers. Many firms had taken permission for setting up two unipoles but have actually put up 10 such poles,” YN Choudhary, GDA’s enforcement in-charge, said.
On Thursday, the drive was carried out at Padmana Naidu Marg, Dr Sushila Nayyar Marg and on CISF link road, during which 20 unipoles were taken down by GDA. On Friday, GDA officials removed 25 unipoles located on Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit Marg, Kala Pathar Road and in Niti Khand area.
“These unipoles, which are almost 20-25 feet tall, are a major obstruction for commuters. Moreover, there is an imminent danger of them falling over and injuring someone as we cannot be guaranteed of the quality of these poles,” Dayanand Prasad, GDA’s officer on special duty, said.
Officials said that encroachments in Vaibhav Khand and Niti Khand area were also removed.
“All unauthorised vendors and hawkers were removed from the periphery of Avanti Bai Park and Hathi Park in Niti Khand -1. Encroachments were also removed from Kala Pathar Road and the periphery of Aditya Mega City Mall,” Choudhary said.
Officials said that the anti-encroachment drive will be carried out on a regular basis now.
“We have also roped in the traffic police to keep a check on the unauthorised parking of vehicles on roads as well,” he said.