The Confederation of NCR RWAs (Conrwa) has decided to form a committee of city residents to survey roads and service lanes that are fully or partially encroached upon. In a meeting held recently, it was decided that older sectors that are fully developed, such as sectors 17 to 52, would be surveyed in the next one month.
The committee will have six members who will conduct the survey with the help of members of local RWAs. Later, the committee will submit the survey report to the authority’s enforcement team and the police with video evidence. The survey would include encroachments by shops, by taxi drivers, unauthorised parking, and fencing in service lanes before houses.
“We have appealed to local RWAs to provide us volunteers for the survey. We have also requested the Noida authority to provide us measurements of dividing roads between sectors and other roads, including service lanes. We have noticed that the enforcement teams of Noida authority and the police often play a blame game when it comes to action,” said PS Jain, president, Conrwa.
The Noida authority and the police had removed encroachments from sectors 17, 18, 20, 27, 31, and Atta market about a fortnight ago.
“But that was just an eyewash. The roads and service lanes are still fully encroached upon. The Sector 18 market, Atta market, Indira Market and other areas are fully encroached upon by vendors who open their vends in the evening and the police and authority officials remain silent,” said Jain.
The road leading from Sector 15 Metro station to Sector 18 and all three roads from Sector 15 roundabout to Sector 5/6, Sector 16 to Sector 12/22, Noida City Centre to Sector 71 intersection and from there to Sector 62 face severe congestion because of encroachments, especially during peak hours.
City magistrate Bachhu Singh said, “I have asked the police to keep a tab on vends that often set up tents during evening and take strict action against them. I have also asked the police to deploy a constable in these areas to check encroachments. The vendors, the police told us, run away when the police reach these areas and return once the police are gone.”