Haphazard parking, encroachments cause snarls outside Sector 18 Metro station
Commuters said that the situation worsens while exiting the station premises as they are mobbed by autorickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers. Due to the absence of traffic police personnel on the spot, the vehicles move in all directions, resulting in a snarl.noida Updated: Aug 09, 2017 22:22 IST
Encroachments and haphazard parking of vehicles around the entry and exit gates of Sector 18 Metro station gives Metro commuters a tough time every day. Also, due to the absence of traffic police personnel on the spot, the vehicles move in all directions, resulting in a snarl.
The area records a high footfall of visitors every day due to its proximity to the largest commercial hub of Noida, which comprises Sector 18 market, Atta Market and four malls in the vicinity.
Commuters said that the situation worsens while exiting the station premises as they are mobbed by autorickshaw drivers and rickshaw pullers.
“During the rush hour, it is not easy to exit the metro station. There are always long queues as autorickshaw drivers start queuing up, right up to the stairs of the station, in a race to ferry passengers. They block the way and outside the station, there is barely any space to walk,” Sheetal Aggarwal of Sector 27 said.
Haphazard parking not only hinders movement of commuters but also blocks most of the main carriageway around the metro station, resulting in snarls.
Meghana Thakur, another commuter, said, “The moment one steps out of the metro station, one is hounded by rickshaw pullers and auto drivers. There is no traffic police personnel to rein in the drivers or to penalise them for haphazardly parking their vehicles on the road.”
Those who own shops and eateries also claimed that their business is being impacted because their customers are not able to visit their shops easily. They asked the police to visit the area to keep check such violations, which is affecting their business.
“From Sector 18 to Sector 17, up to Atta Peer, the area has markets on each side that have a heavy footfall every day. But, due to congestion of vehicles, those visiting the area for shopping face difficulties. The area is also noisy because drivers keep yelling to attract potential customers,” said Raghu Gupta, who works at a ready-made garment store in the Atta Market.
However, police said that they have already started patrolling the area to ensure that roads are not blocked. Superintendent of Police, Arun Kumar Singh, said, “We will also ensure that auto drivers and rickshaw pullers do not create a ruckus outside the metro station on the entire stretch.”