There are 112 traffic signals in Noida and traffic police has 278 personnel at its disposal to regulate the movement of vehicles.
The data debunks the traffic police’s claims that it lacks adequate manpower and goes to proves that despite having adequate personnel, most traffic signals, except those at major intersections, remain unmanned thereby causing congestion on arterial roads.
Sources in the authority said the situation is so because those who are meant to be regulating traffic are not doing their entrusted jobs.
“We have 112 functional traffic signals. If there are one or two persons to manage traffic at each signal, then motorists will not face congestion. Autorickshaw drivers and other vehicles park on the road — some even halt on the middle of the road — and also jump signals thereby causing problems. The authority had earlier decided to pay for 100 home guards and 50 traffic marshals because the idea was to enforce traffic norms on the lines of Delhi. But that could not happen,” said Sandip Chandra, head of the Noida authority traffic cell.
According to the authority officials, there are 128 traffic police personnel, 100 home guards and 50 traffic marshals to help manage traffic in Noida.
The Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad has said he would increase the number of traffic marshals only if the ones posted now perform their duty properly.
“The Noida authority will provide more traffic marshals in a phase-wise manner, only if old ones will ensure traffic rules are enforced and the city roads are congestion-free,” Chandra said.
The 30 traffic marshals hired for traffic duties are all retired army personnel. The traffic police has written to the army welfare board to provide 20 more persons.
The authority official said not all traffic signals have marshals or traffic police personnel to manage traffic.
Traffic signals in sectors 63, 67, 70, 119, Vikas Marg (a road connecting Noida with Greater Noida West), sectors 105, 100, 135 and 93B, among others, do not have any policeman managing the traffic.
“We have deployed our staff carefully at all traffic signals. And all the staff members including policemen, home guards and traffic marshals are involved in managing traffic at signals. Anyone can conduct an inspection and check who is posted where. Allegations that traffic personnel are missing from duty are baseless,” said Prabal Pratap Singh, SP Traffic, Noida.