Three new elevated roads to break the infamous Noida gridlock
The suggestions were made by a committee, headed by the Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon, and formed to find ways to reduce congestion in the citynoida Updated: Feb 19, 2018 22:50 IST
Three new elevated roads, among other steps, have been mooted to help mitigate congestion on Noida roads and ensure a smooth drive for motorists.
The suggestions were made by a committee, headed by the Noida authority chief executive officer Alok Tandon, and formed to find ways to reduce congestion in the city.
On October 5, 2017, three ministers — UP industries minister Satish Mahana, urban housing minister Suresh Khanna and sugar mills minister Suresh Rana — had formed the committee, which was supposed to ready an action plan to reduce traffic congestion.
The committee has prepared a draft of its report, which has been shared with officials concerned for suggestions so that the report can be finalised and sent to the UP government for necessary action.
“We have suggested one 4.8km elevated road above the Shahdara drain, starting from Delhi’s Chilla and ending at Sector 95 in Noida. Another elevated road is suggested above Master Plan-1 Road, between sectors 19/2 and sectors 12/22. The third elevated road has been mooted above the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera (DSC) Road, between Sector 49 and Sector 82,” Sandeep Chandra, chief engineer of the Noida authority, said.
The committee headed by Tandon has several members, including Gautam Budh Magar district magistrate BN Singh, Noida SP traffic Anil Jha, additional CEO (ACEO) of the Greater Noida authority BK Tripathi, ACEO Noida RK Mishra and Ghaziabad regional transport officer.
Apart from suggesting the construction of elevated roads, the committee has proposed that the traffic police should ensure that commercial vehicles do not enter the city during the day, autorickshaws are metered and action is taken against those violating traffic rules, among others.
The draft report has three kinds of suggestions — short-term, midterm and long-term. The short-term solutions will be implemented in six months after the report is submitted. These include intensifying enforcement against unruly autorickshaws, prohibition of commercial vehicles in the daytime, penalty against wrong parking and fining motorists for traffic violations.
Midterm solutions are small changes in existing U-turns, closing of unnecessary exits and redesigning of faulty traffic intersections. Midterm solutions will take six months to two years to implement.
Long-term solutions are the construction of additional elevated roads over Shahdara drain, DSC Road and Master Plan-1 Road.
Expanding the Metro to new areas and increasing in public transport facilities such as a city bus service have also been suggested. The long-term solutions will take two to six years to implement.
“After discussions with all members of the committee the authority will finalise the report and send the same to the UP government,” Chandra said.
First Published: Feb 19, 2018 22:50 IST