Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Deepak Singhal, who visited Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas on Saturday, said he is not satisfied with traffic management in Noida.
Singhal said Noida’s most popular commercial hub Sector 18 and roads around it resemble “old city” Sikandrabad (Sikandrabad is a small town in Bulandshahr district notorious
for poor traffic management) where one cannot find space to walk.
Singhal is aware of traffic and other problems in Noida as he had a house in the city.
“I have directed the district magistrate (DM) and the senior superintendent of police (SSP) to prepare a blueprint to address the problem of traffic congestion in Noida. The two officials should take effective steps so that motorists do not suffer due to jams,” said Singhal.
The Noida authority plans to construct a 600-metre elevated road to connect Sector 18 with Master Plan-II Road in front of The Greater India Place (TGIP) mall.
The move is aimed at decongesting Sector 18 and roads around the newly opened Mall of India. Ever since the mall opened in April, frequent jams take place on the roads around it.
The situation turns worse on weekends.
“I have observed that people do not want to visit Sector 18 and areas around it because roads around the market are jammed. How funny it is— Noida, which is a well-planned city, cannot solve the problem of traffic congestion. The DM or SSP should make some roads one-way,
change the designs of roads or take other steps to ensure that commuters have a smooth ride,” said Singhal.
Before Singhal, senior IAS officer Pravir Kumar, who was the chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities for a month, had also come up with many ideas to reduce
traffic congestion, but nothing happened on ground.
Motorists, meanwhile, said officials are not taking serious steps to address the problem of traffic congestion in the city .
“Traffic mess is a result of poor management by the traffic police. Even the Noida authority has not effectively tackled the issue. Because of the construction of a metro line, an elevated road and underpasses
on three main roads in the city, driving has become a tough job,” said Yogendra Singh, a trader from Sector 18.
Singhal, however, said motorists are also to be blamed for the chaos on roads as they do not follow traffic rules.
“Motorists are also at fault because they do not adhere to traffic norms,” said Singhal.