Don’t let Noida become Gurgaon: DM
The district magistrate directed authority engineers to fix all waterlogging-related issues in four daysnoida Updated: Aug 02, 2016 23:50 IST
A day after heavy rain led to massive waterlogging, which resulted in a four-hour traffic jam in Sector 63 and other areas, the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate (DM) on Tuesday directed engineers to fix all related issues within four days.
The DM, NP Singh, called all Noida authority engineers to his camp office in Sector 27 at 8:30 am on Tuesday after getting reports of Monday’s traffic jams. He asked the engineers to address issues of waterlogging and traffic jam during the monsoon.
“He specifically directed engineers dealing with Sector 63 to ensure that there is no repeat of Monday’s traffic jam and waterlogging. He gave four days to resolve problems that cause waterlogging,” said an engineer present at the meeting.
On Monday, all main roads, including Master Plan 1, 2, 4 and the Dadri Road in Noida, witnessed traffic jams for up to two hours. Motorists also faced congestion at Kalindi Kunj bridge and Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway due to waterlogging.
The worst to sufferer were commuters on all internal roads of Sector 63 and Road No. 6, which connects national highway (NH)-24 with Noida’s Sector 71/72 traffic intersection. The sector’s internal roads were waterlogged so much so that it took commuters two to three hours to move even one kilometre inside the sector.
Pedestrians had to wade through knee-deep dirty water in the sector to reach the main roads.
“I could not hire an auto on Monday evening because all sector roads were blocked with traffic. I had to walk through filthy water on potholed roads. It was a pathetic experience,” said Pooja Sharma, an employee of a private firm in the industrial Sector 63.
Speaking about the meeting, the DM said, “I have directed engineers to fix all issues that caused the waterlogging that led to the traffic jams on Monday. I directed them to ensure that Noida does not become like Gurgaon. I have also asked for demolition of ramps that block rainwater. I will also provide police force if needed. If action is not taken till Saturday, the engineers will be punished because the general public faces problems in jams.”
Engineers said Sector 63 got waterlogged because most of the building owners there have constructed ramps from the buildings to the roads, thereby blocking the flow of water during rain. “The DM gave us four days to remove all ramps and submit a report to him,” said an engineer.
Some roads in the sector were waterlogged even on Tuesday afternoon.
“I inspected many areas, including Sector 63. We are taking effective steps to address waterlogging issues,” said Hom Singh Yadav, chief engineer, Noida authority.