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Noida: Elevated manhole covers slow down traffic at sectors 104, 100 and 98 T-point

Manhole covers jut out into the road at the T-point of sectors 104, 100 and 98 in Noida, obstructing vehicular movement

noida Updated: Jul 17, 2017 23:22 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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A manhole cover jutting above a newly blacktopped road in Sector 98 in Noida.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

The elevated manhole covers of a sewerage drain near the T-point of sectors 104, 100 and 98 are causing obstructions to commuters while driving. The road was blacktopped three weeks ago, but the manhole covers have not been fixed.

Residents living in nearby residential societies – Century Apartments, Lotus Boulevard and Sharnam – said four minor accidents have taken place in the past two weeks. They said bikes collided with the elevated covers, which are partially open.

“The road was earlier in a dilapidated state. Three weeks ago, it was repaired and blacktopped by the Noida authority. The manhole covers are elevated above the road and officials were supposed to level them with the ground. While driving, people think the road is smooth and fail to negotiate with the flaps,” said Pawan Yadav, president, residents’ welfare association, Century Apartments.

The service road of Sector 100 faces similar problems with three such manhole covers posing a danger to commuters. Residents said the manhole covers are a serious traffic hazard as they may result in road accidents at night .

“Online complaints have been made to the Noida authority to get the problem solved, but it is hanging fire,” said Vikrant Sharma, a resident of Sector 100.

Locals said there are chances that the heavy vehicles carrying construction material will get stuck on the road.

“The Noida authority should have fixed the problem in advance. Now, the newly repaired road is dotted with these partially opened and elevated manhole lids. The stench from these manholes, makes it difficult for the pedestrians to use the footpath,” said Yadav.

A senior official of the Noida authority agreed with the residents’ contention. “The matter has been taken into consideration. All the manhole covers on the entire stretch will be fixed and levelled at earliest for the convenience of the residents,” the official said.

Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad said, “The chief engineer will take care of it.”

First Published: Jul 17, 2017 23:22 IST