The federation of Noida residents’ welfare association (FONRWA) has expressed concern over waterlogging and potholed roads even before the monsoon is to hit the city in full force. They have sought intervention of the district administration to direct Noida authority to take necessary steps.
Residents said that the recent rains exposed the Noida authority’s slowness in cleaning drains, which caused waterlogging and subsequently, damage to roads, and potential mosquito breeding.
“Even after 24 hours of rains, water did not recede from the road near the Mahamaya flyover. It is strange as this is a major road but it is prone to waterlogging because of choked drains. I sent pictures of this site to Noida officials via WhatsApp for proof. We estimate that nearly 70% of the city roads are prone to waterlogging,” Joginder Singh Awana of Sector 50 said.
Surinder Saini, an auto driver, said, “A deep pothole was created near the Sector 6 police post on Udyog Marg during the last rain. Due to waterlogging, the potholes are not visible and are dangerous for autos plying with full capacity of passengers.”
There are several potholes on Udyog Marg, an important road which links the Noida authority offices and thousands of industrial units. Similarly, the entire stretch from Rajat Vihar to Mamura Chowk is in tatters and filled with water. The road leading from NIB (National Institute of Biological) Sector 62 to T-point near Wazirpur petrol pump is also broken.
“It is difficult to drive after sunset, when roads are dark and potholes are not visible. All roads in Sector 63 are damaged and there are many deep potholes that slow down traffic and cause accidents,” Suman Soni of Indirapuram said.
“The road from Mamura to Sector 71 has turned accident-prone as the 30-metre wide road has become a single lane due to potholes on both sides,” Jugraj Singh of Mamura said.
The Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association (NEA) expressed concern as industrial sectors from 1 to 11 and 62 to 67 are waterlogged following the rains. “The roads in sectors 5, 6, 8 and 9 are in a very bad shape due to waterlogging and potholes. The potholes hinder traffic movement during rains,” Vipin Malhan, president of NEA, said.
Residents appealed to the district administration to inspect the major roads, intersections and internal roads, and take required action.
“We have appealed to the district magistrate (DM) NP Singh to ensure that main drains are cleared so that waterlogging does not happen,” AN Dhawan, secretary general of FONRWA, said.
NP Singh said, “I have asked Noida authority to take necessary action in an environmental meeting on Saturday. I emphasised on the waterlogging issue to the officials and asked them to conduct speedy and quality cleaning of drainage.”
“More than 70% of the drain cleaning work is complete. I have issued strict instructions to public health officials in this regard. I am monitoring the work and taking note of the daily action-taken report,” Saumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) of Noida authority, said.