The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (YEIDA) on Wednesday said that it has conducted an inspection of the expressway that connects Greater Noida with Agra and directed its operator, Jaypee Infratech, to remove eateries immediately.
Illegal roadside eateries that have cropped up along the 165 km Yamuna Expressway are hindering smooth flow of traffic, officials said.
“How can eateries operate next to the entry-restricted expressway without any permission and in gross violation of norms. I have instructed Jaypee Infratech to immediately remove these dhabas (roadside eateries) built by persons who own land along the expressway,” Amarnath Upadhyay, additional chief executive officer of the YEIDA, said.
Three eateries have come up between Greater Noida and Mathura, where commuters stop by and park their cars on the main carriageway of the expressway, causing problems for commuters driving at a high speed.
Apart from this, the authority also held a meeting with the Mathura police and asked them to intensify enforcement of traffic norms on the expressway that witnesses frequent road accidents and deaths.
“Some of the important reasons for accidents are drink driving and speeding by youth. I have asked the Jaypee Infratech staff to communicate cases of speeding through WhatsApp without any delay, to the police. Police have been directed to issue challans to ensure that commuters do not indulge in drink driving,” the ACEO said.
YEIDA said it holds monthly meetings with the police in all six districts that control traffic on the expressway.
In November 2015, a team of officials had inspected the expressway and asked Jaypee to level bumps, above three underpasses on the expressway, as it causes problems to commuters. The operator was also instructed to construct an exit at Bajna near Mathura.
“I found out during an inspection today that the Jaypee is yet to work on these two points,” the ACEO said.
The operator said that it has provided five speed guns to update the police about speed violations.
“Police are issuing challans to around 400 drivers daily for speeding. We had levelled the bumps but if something more is needed to be done, we will do it after the rains are over. We will begin work on Bajna only when the authority provides adequate land for the purpose,” a spokesperson for Jaypee Infratech said.