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‘Noida needs integrated inter-city public transport’

About 80% of the city traffic falls along the Noida-Delhi corridors, reveals a study conducted by the Noida authority. Darpan Singh reports.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2011 00:36 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times

About 80% of the city traffic falls along the Noida-Delhi corridors, reveals a study conducted by the Noida authority.

Higher volumes enter the city in morning hours, whereas in evening hours traffic leaving the city increases. This shows increasing number of workers commuting from neighbouring areas to workplaces in Noida.

The study incorporated in the latest master plan (2031) says personal vehicles (i.e. cars and two-wheelers) have a significant share (40 to 50%) in the traffic volume. The study shows integrated inter-city public transport system is required to reduce the burden of personal vehicles in Noida, Delhi and other neighbouring urban areas.

Emerging travel characteristics of the city suggest transitional changes. Initially conceived as a self-contained township, the city has transformed itself into an extended suburb of Delhi. “Rapid commuting between Delhi and Noida has been possible because of construction of roads and bridges,” said authority chairman Mohinder Singh.

The master plan says there is a need to contain the growth of personal vehicles. There are about 60,000 cars registered at the Noida regional transport office alone. About 850 cars are registered every month here.

Noida has no railway station. The nearest railway station is Hazrat Nizamuddin, about 15 km from the city. Apart from Metro, the area has only road linkages with adjoining areas. “A railway link for Noida has been proposed, which will connect the city to Tughlaqabad in South Delhi at one end and to Dadri at the other end,” said Singh.

The plan says major corridors are full to capacity. There is an increase in per capita trip rates and trip lengths. “We’re working on a dedicated transport system for Noida. We’re building elevated roads and underpasses across the city. Work is underway to extend the Metro line to South Delhi, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida,” Singh said.

The plan says the bridges across the Yamuna, even though widened and increased in numbers, would experience heavy traffic. Thus transportation across the Yamuna may become a major limitation for the development of Noida. The area needs to be connected to Delhi by a Mass Rapid Transit System.

First Published: Dec 19, 2011 00:34 IST