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Noida: Illegal parking of autorickshaws causes congestion, police fail to act

In Noida, there are about 8, 000 autorickshaws (three-seaters), 500 shared tempos (eight-seaters) and 5,000 cycle-rickshaws.

noida Updated: Feb 19, 2018 22:56 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Noida congestion,DTC buses in Noida,Botanical Garden Metro station
Autorickshaws flouting parking rules is being seen as one of the major reasons of jams in Noida. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Autorickshaws parked illegally on the city roads are one of the main reason for traffic congestion on Noida roads, but with the traffic police and Noida authority turning a blind eye to the menace, there is no end to the chaos on the roads.

Thousands of motorists suffer daily on all arterial roads in Noida due to congestion. In Noida, there are about 8, 000 autorickshaws (three-seaters), 500 shared tempos (eight-seaters) and 5,000 cycle-rickshaws. Over 1,000 unauthorised e-rickshaws are also plying in the city without any checks by the authorities.

All these are in addition to the 276 roadways buses, 300 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and 1,600 private buses that ply in the city.

All busy traffic intersections, including those in Model Town, Sector 37, at Gol Chakkar, City Centre, Botanical Garden Metro station and Sector 12/22, among others, witness massive snarls during peak hours.

“One of the biggest reasons is that the traffic police have failed in ensuring that passengers don’t board or get off on the middle of the roads. These autorickshaws are usually double or triple parked on each road while the drivers look for passengers. These vehicles end up blocking the flow of traffic. We have filed several complaints in the past but nothing ever happens,” Amit Gupta, traffic volunteer and a resident of Sector 77, said.

On busy traffic intersections, where there is adequate space on the roadside, autorickshaws create chaos as they take over the main carriageway in their competition with one another to get passengers.

“At the Model Town intersection located on National Highway-24, jams are a daily affair during peak hours in the morning and evening. The traffic police has done little to address this issue which troubles thousands of commuters daily,” Manish Soni, who works in Sector 62, said.

The traffic police said they will act against erring autorickshaw drivers, but the Noida authority needs to provide parking space for these vehicles and taxies.

“Since January 1, we have issued fines to over 1,200 autorickshaw drivers and our drive continues to ensure discipline on roads. We have six cranes to tow away illegally parked vehicles. But until the authority provides or demarcates adequate space for parking autorickshaws, things will not change,” Noida superintendent of police (traffic) Anil Jha said.

The Noida authority has made parking space for autos in Gole Chakkar (Sector 15 Metro station) and at City Centre Metro station.

“There is ample space at most of traffic intersections where the autos can be parked and passengers can board or alight. But autos occupy the main carriageway and that causes traffic jams. The police should intensify their drive against illegal parking,” Sandeep Chandra, chief engineer of the Noida authority, said.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 22:55 IST