Over 15 months after the district administration made Udyog Marg a one-way road, violation by commuters continue unabatedly, defeating the purpose of imposing the restriction.
That and the issue of unauthorised parking of vehicles on major intersections, causing traffic congestion, were discussed by the Noida Entrepreneurs Association in its meeting with the new senior superintendent of police Love Kumar here on Thursday.
A delegation of NEA met the SSP and demanded enforcement of the one-way rule on Udyog Marg and the road running parallel to it. They said more traffic personnel were needed on the stretch to enforce the rule.
Udyog Marg provides connectivity among industrial areas in sectors 1 to 11 and sectors 12, 22, 55, 56, 57, 58, 62 and further. Around 2,000 big and small factory units are located in sectors 1 to 11.
To reduce congestion, the district administration had made Udyog Marg a one-way on January 25, 2016. It was made mandatory for vehicles going from Sector 1 to 11 to go in one direction on Udyog Marg and vehicles coming from Sector 11 and headed for the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road to go via Swani Furniture, Sector 10.
However, violations on Udyog Marg continue. It becomes dangerous for drivers moving from Sector 1 towards Sector 11 as vehicles suddenly appear from the opposite direction, taking drivers by surprise.
“We took up the matter with the district administration, superintendent of police (city) and superintendent of police (traffic) several times in the last 15 months. But no official has been able to tame the unruly commuters. However, we are quite hopeful that the new SSP will act,” said Vipin Malhan, president, Noida Entrepreneurs Association (NEA).
The industrialists feel that poor enforcement by the traffic police allows vehicles to travel in both directions on the road. “It defeats the purpose for which the one-way movement was ordered. Until more traffic personnel are deployed and violators are repeatedly penalised, things will not improve,” said VK Seth, general secretary, NEA.
Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (traffic), said, “We will continue to impose a fine on violators. Ever since the route was made a one-way, we have penalised thousands of offenders and ₹5 lakh was collected in fines. It is the responsibility of commuters to follow the signage. As for us, we can only penalise offenders.”