Ghaziabad: Encroachments around Vaishali metro station add to traffic chaos
The station serves commuters from Vaishali, Vasundhara, Indirapuram, Sahibabad and Ghaziabad city. The clutter around the station has become an eye sore and is hampering traffic movement on the Link Road which connects UP-Gate to Mohan Nagar.noida Updated: Jun 05, 2017 23:10 IST
Commuters at the Vaishali metro station, one of the busiest stations on the Blue line, are having a tough time reaching the station and exiting it owing to encroachments and unauthorised parking around the station.
The station serves commuters from Vaishali, Vasundhara, Indirapuram, Sahibabad and Ghaziabad city. The clutter around the station has become an eye sore and is hampering traffic movement on the Link Road which connects UP-Gate to Mohan Nagar.
While one exit gate is towards the Delhi-Meerut Road which has shared auto services, the other exit gate is towards the residential area and privately owned autos and rickshaws mostly ply there.
“Sometimes, pedestrians get hit by an auto or rickshaw as the space near the station is congested. There should be a proper lane for pedestrians as on road parking of autorickshaws and rickshaws cause trouble. The autos also line up on Link Road. There should be a numbering system for boarding autorickshaws,” said Mohan Sangwan, an Indirapuram resident.
As Vaishali metro station is surrounded by residential highrises, residents often complain of chaos and noise. There have been instances of women being harassed by drivers who venture inside the metro station to scout for passengers.
“I get uncomfortable when auto drivers circle around me. They get too close to convince us to broad their vehicles. One is surprised as to how the drivers are allowed to enter the station. Before boarding any shared auto, I ensure that there are women passengers in the vehicle,” said Somya Nigam, a college student and daily commuter.
One of the students also pointed out, “Whenever I had to reach here late at night, the area outside the station is really congested and fewer number of streetlights make it accident prone. Also, whenever someone comes to drop their relative or friends at the station, they tend to park on the road making it difficult for other vehicles to move.”
Residents also complain that autos and cycle rickshaws charge a high fare, especially during peak hours.
Time and again, the traffic police personnel have taken up drives to end on road parking of autos and cycle-rickshaws but they return the next day.
Since thousands of commuters use the station daily, the outside portion of the station has also become a hub of roadside vendors and food vans. A meeting of different departments, including the police, corporation and other administrative officials, was held at the district headquarters on Monday.
“We are stressing on improving traffic conditions and there have been meetings in this regard. We have suggested that the corporation come up with designated places for stoppage and parking of autorickshaws and other such vehicles. The corporation will identify the designated place. Once that is done, the other encroachers will be removed under the drive which we plan to carry out soon,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).