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Residents offer flowers to traffic offenders in Noida

Residents said they will use Gandhigiri to convince commuters and said that they drew inspiration for the movement from Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement that was started 70 years ago.

noida Updated: Aug 10, 2017 22:29 IST
Sohil Sehran
The volunteers said they have taken this initiative in the backdrop of an increase in the number of accidents due to traffic violations, especially wrong-lane driving.
The volunteers said they have taken this initiative in the backdrop of an increase in the number of accidents due to traffic violations, especially wrong-lane driving.

A residents’ group in Noida has come up with ‘quit wrong-side driving’ movement to encourage the public to follow traffic rules and make roads safer for commuters. The volunteers offered flowers to more than 100 violators at various intersections.

Residents said they will use Gandhigiri to convince commuters and said that they drew inspiration for the movement from Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement that was started 70 years ago.

The volunteers said they have taken this initiative in the backdrop of an increase in the number of accidents due to traffic violations, especially wrong-lane driving on sector roads. They said that commuters drive on the wrong side to avoid a long detour.

Alok Singh, a volunteer and resident of Sector Alpha-1, said, “The roads in Greater Noida are well planned, but the practice of driving on the wrong side of the road is causing congestion and chaos. To avoid a detour of some distance, people take part in incorrect practices, such as driving on the wrong side of the road. This is being done by educated people, who go to offices and other institutions.”

He said that the worst affected area where the problem is persistent is the main road from Pari Chowk to Surajpur. He said that those coming from Knowledge Park take the turn near Ishan Institute and start driving on the wrong side of the road to reach Pari Chowk, Jagat Farms and further.

“On the Pari Chowk – Surajpur road, commuters are generally speeding. A majority of the violators are mostly young people, aged 23 to 32. We have started the campaign to create awareness so that people in other states also follow us in the initiative,” Singh said.

The volunteers manned the intersections, such as the busy Amritpuram junction, for three hours and offered flowers to offenders, which left them embarrassed.

The president of Active Citizens Team, Harinder Bhati, said that Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh will be also joining them on Saturday in this campaign. He said, ‘There are more than 150 members associated with this team from various sectors. Now, people from villages have also joined hands with us.”

He said that the people cannot be dependent on traffic police always. It is important for everyone to contribute and spread the word about the need to drive safely.