Ghaziabad: Barricading at Vaishali Metro station eases congestion
Metro commuters said the barricading brought relief to commuters who found it convenient to enter the metro station.noida Updated: Sep 27, 2017 22:24 IST
The Ghaziabad traffic police has erected a 50-metre barricade on both sides of the road, Madan Mohan Malviya Nagar Marg, near the Vaishali Metro station to ensure that autorickshaws are not parked haphazardly and encroach the main carriageway.
Rajesh Tiwari, an inspector with the traffic police department, said, “The commuter traffic at Vaishali Metro station is more than that at other stations, as it is a terminal. Hence, autorickshaws also gather here in large numbers to pick up commuters. Earlier, these autorickshaws used to remain haphazardly parked, consuming most part of the main road and subsequently causing traffic congestion.”
This not only causes traffic mess on the road leading to the metro station but even vehicles heading straight on the seven-kilometre-long road, which is popularly known as the Link Road, were also slowed down due to congestion at the bottleneck near the metro station.
Tiwari said that despite repeated warnings issued to autorickshaw drivers all through the day, particularly during the peak traffic hour in the mornings as well as evenings, there would be chaos on the stretch outside the metro station. Issuing challans to the errant autorickshaw drivers also did not help the situation, he said.
Tiwari said the traffic police was left with no choice but to demarcate a separate lane for autorickshaws by providing stretchable barricading to bring order to the road.
“We have installed a 50-metre barricade on both sides of the road to ensure that the autorickshaws pass one-by-one and only on the dedicated lane. Also, there should be no choking on the stretch by haphazard parking of vehicles,” he said.
Metro commuters said the barricading brought relief to commuters who found it convenient to enter the metro station.
“There used to be a complete mess in the morning outside the Vaishali Metro station when everybody is in a hurry to catch the train. After getting off a vehicle outside the station, it used to be a tiresome exercise to make it through the haphazardly parked autorickshaws near the entrance and walk up to the staircase of the station,” said Avantika Bhargav, who uses the metro service every day to commute to her office on Barakhamba Road in Delhi.