Encroachers have already begun inching into the under-construction cycle tracks in Indirapuram being built under the cycle track project. Taking note of the situation, Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) officials will be conducting an anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday to rid the tracks of such obstructions.
The construction of seven cycle tracks in Indirapuram has been underway since March this year. However, with encroachments by vendors and illegally parked two-wheelers blocking the tracks, cyclists are worried that the tracks might turn useless for them.
“The move by the government to construct these cycle tracks is a boon for cycle enthusiasts like me. However, I doubt that these tracks will be of any use if they remain occupied by vendors, hawkers and parked motorcycles,” said Amit Upadhyay of Indirapuram and founder, Indirapuram Cyclists Club.
Residents have also complained that illegal parking on roadsides has become an even bigger problem now.
“People have started parking their cars beyond the cycle tracks now, covering more than half of the road. The situation is severe on Kala Pathar road near Aditya Mega City Mall where haphazard parking by two and four wheelers beyond the area of cycle tracks is leading to daily traffic chaos,” said Alok Kumar, chairman, Federation of apartment owner’s association (FedAOA), Ghaziabad.
GDA officials, however, said that such encroachments will not be tolerated.
“Strict action will be taken against anyone found encroaching on the cycle track or creating obstructions on these stretches. In order to check this, an anti-encroachment drive will be carried out by the authority on Tuesday at 10am that will start at Sucheta Kriplani Marg and cover all seven cycling tracks in Indirapuram, regardless of whether the track’s construction has been completed or not,” said YN Choudhary, enforcement in-charge, GDA.
He added that encroachments found on the tracks will be seized and the owner penalised.
“Vehicles parked inside and outside the cycle tracks will also be removed with the help of the traffic police,” added Choudhary.