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19 free left turns to be opened in Noida

Officials said that the left turns were blocked at Labour Chowk, Mamura and sectors 18, 37 and 63, among others.

noida Updated: Nov 04, 2017 21:57 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
Worsening traffic condition is a major concern in Noida.
Worsening traffic condition is a major concern in Noida.(HT File Photo)

In a bid to ensure smooth traffic flow on city roads, the authority has decided to open free left turns at 19 points that were blocked for the erection of electricity poles and transformers.

Officials said that the left turns were blocked at Labour Chowk, Mamura and sectors 18, 37 and 63, among others.

The traffic police submitted a proposal in this regard to the Noida authority’s chief executive officer, Alok Tandon, who subsequently, forwarded the matter to the engineering wing, officials said. A survey for the same will be conducted and a report will be produced by Tuesday, officials said.

In a meeting held to discuss traffic problems, the team of traffic personnel led by superintendent of police (traffic), Anil Kumar Jha, said that commuters face a lot difficulty to take a left turn, so much so that it leads to an increase in traffic volume when the signal turns red.

Officials said the problem of left turns persists only in Noida, while in Greater Noida, it is organised better and there is barely any congestion due to the issue.

The meeting was called by the authority to discuss ways to decongest the city. Tandon said the measure must be implemented immediately after the report is prepared so that those shuttling between Noida and Delhi face minimal problems.

Senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar, Love Kumar, and members of residential bodies, NMRC and other stakeholders were present at the meeting.

For immediate respite, officials also said 16 pedestrian bridges need to be constructed and existing ones should be re-examined, as a committee set up by Tandon submitted that pedestrians are not using these bridges.

Anil Kumar Jha said, “There are various roads where pedestrian bridges have been constructed but people do not use these because they can walk through the central verge and cross the road. We have suggested that the height of central verges near the pedestrian bridges be raised.”

He said that jaywalking also slows down traffic. The Noida authority will also reopen the files for the expansion of seven roads in the district, which are hanging in balance due to disputes with farmers, said sources.

For the long-term redressal of traffic problems, the Noida authority is likely to reconsider the construction of elevated roads near Rajnigandha Chowk, DSC Road and Shadhra dam, which was proposed years ago.

First Published: Nov 04, 2017 21:57 IST

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