Noida is all set to redesign its faulty arterial roads to offer smooth ride to thousands of commuters and check traffic congestion.
According to officials, redesigning will close U-turns and cuts that result in traffic congestion. Construction work will be started on new dividers (central verge) on many arterial roads, which witness traffic congestion during peak hours.
The decision comes after a survey carried out by the Noida authority found that U-turns and cuts were among the major causes of traffic congestion.
The survey was conducted after city residents lodged complaints that daily commuting was becoming a herculean task. Most residents complained that it takes them more than 40 minutes to cover a 4-km distance because of faulty U-turns and cuts.
The Noida traffic cell and the engineering department of the Noida authority are separately addressing the residents’ demands and constructing new U-turns and redesigning old ones to streamline traffic.
The authority has decided to construct two U-turns on a 4-km road stretch that connects sector 71/51 roundabout with Dadri-Chhalera-Surajpur (DSC) Road.
The authority will spend `3 crore (`1.5 crore each) on the two U-turns. Residents in Sector 74, 76, 77, 79, 51, 52, 70, 72 among others were facing traffic congestion on the stretch because of faulty cuts.
The authority has prepared estimates of these two U-turns and aims to complete both in the next six months.
“We prepared the plan for new U-turns after the residents demanded for the same. The Noida traffic cell also conducted a survey to see if the U-turns were actually required at the stretch,” said Sandip Chandra, head of the Noida traffic cell.
The authority has recently build new U-turns on many roads, including DSC, a road connecting Sector 14 and sector ½ crossing, master plan-II among others.
“There are only 122 traffic officials manning the city roads. Commuters have all the freedom to flout traffic norms. We are working on our roads so traffic can be managed better,” the official said.
“I feel U-turns have worked well and streamlined traffic in a number of places. But on many roads, dividers are a big nuisance to pedestrians, who find it hard to cross over to the other side,” said Mayank Bhatnagar a pedestrian.