Chaotic traffic conditions caused by unauthorised parking and encroachments on DSC (Dadri Surajpur and Chhalera) Road and the Master Plan 2 (MP 2) Road near Atta market have been troubling commuters for a while.
The traffic police have failed to clear this particular spot despite repeated complaints by the area’s residents. The condition worsens on weekends when a large number of visitors arrive at GIP Mall, DLF Mall, Sector 18 market and Atta market in their cars.
Commuters who want to take left at this point towards sectors 27, 33, 34, 30, 31 or those coming from Delhi who want to go straight towards Botanical Garden, Sector 37 or Gold Course get stuck in traffic here due to the constant parking and encroachments on the road.
According to residents, the Noida authority has occupied a big portion (nearly 500 metres) of the main carriageway of MP 2 Road, from the T-point on DSC Road to Sector 27 left turn, to provide parking space.
“This is a big hindrance and disturbs traffic movement on MP 2 Road and DSC Road. During weekends, people from Delhi and NCR visiting the malls here park freely on DSC and MP 2 roads as well as on the road in front of GIP Mall. Roadside vendors also occupy road space and service lanes. All of this happens right under the administration’s nose,” said PS Jain, president of Confederation of NCR RWAs.
“The Noida authority should not occupy the main carriageway and use it to earn profit by renting out to a parking contractor. If the administration is itself involved in wrong practices, it cannot take action against people who park vehicles illegally at other places on roads,” said Jain, adding that the problem needs to be addressed urgently.
Pradeep Makhija of Atta Market said, “From time to time, the administration’s enforcement wing takes action to clear the main carriageway, service roads and pavements, but all of it is just for the sake of it.”
Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP), traffic, Noida, said that he has directed his staff to take action against unauthorised parking.
“We have seized several vehicles from Atta market and other places. I will inspect the site on Monday and take action,” he said.