When it comes to parking of vehicles at unauthorised spots, everybody is a culprit in Noida. Be it government officials, residents, traders or those working in industries. There is hardly any road, lane or bylane in the city that does not have vehicles parked on them.
Even the roads leading to the office of Noida authority in Sector 6 can be seen with haphazardly parked vehicles.
About two years ago, Anup Khanna, a resident of Sector 47, wrote to Noida authority demanding that encroachments outside houses in the form of extended ramps be removed as they narrow down the width of some arterial roads and lanes in various colonies, causing congestion.
The authorities are yet to reply or take any action.
Much of the traffic congestion that cripples daily life in Noida is also due to the city’s failure to deal with the ever-increasing parking menace.
What better can explain the inadequacy of the authorities than the fact that there are only 42 authorised parking lots for over 4 lakh registered vehicles in the city.
The situation becomes grim when even the main roads are not spared. Vehicles can be seen parked along Sector 60, Nithari, Atta Market, Gijhod and Hoshiarpur in two rows, eating into over one-and-half lanes of the three-lane roads.
It is an ordeal to pass by the villages as vehicles as well as kiosks and workshops cause a bottleneck there.
“Though urban villages have contributed a lot for the development of the city, they do not have adequate space to park their vehicles,” said Dr Sewa Ram, associate professor, department of transport planning, School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi.
Noida authority chief project engineer, AK Goel, said the Sector 18 market was being developed.
“We are remodelling the entire market with a provision for pedestrian plaza to make it more user-friendly. A multi-level parking lot to accommodate over 3,000 four-wheelers is also coming up here,” Goel said.
But will things change in Noida unless the authorities are resolute in dealing with the menace?
“How do you expect people to behave when even government officials and politicians park their vehicles even on the main roads?” said Vinod Soran, who hails from Meerut.