Traffic cops absent, congestion continues at City Centre Metro station in Noida
Vendors have encroached upon the service roads on both sides of the station. Cab drivers end up parking on the main carriageway while picking up or dropping passengers and this often leads to congestion.noida Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:26 IST
In the absence of traffic personnel, the Noida City Centre Metro station continues to face congestion because of haphazard parking of commercial and private vehicles and encroachment by vendors. Commuters allege that the problem is perennial and is a result of poor enforcement.
Motorists claim that during rush hours, they get stuck in long snarls, while pedestrians complain that they barely have space to walk. The inconvenience has aggravated in the last 15 days after traffic personnel missing from the spot.
“Vendors have encroached upon the service roads on both sides of the station. Cab drivers end up parking on the main carriageway while picking up or dropping passengers and this often leads to congestion. This is the only station among the six in Noida where several initiatives taken to ease congestion are yet to yield any result,” said Shivam Garg, a commuter and a software engineer.
The aggrieved commuters also said the district administration, the Noida authority, police and traffic police department were very active in the days after Yogi Adityanath became chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Encroachments were removed and roads were freed of congestion. But all that has changed over the course of time.
“In many of our meetings with police and the administration, we were assured that there will be separate zones for vendors, but nothing has changed on the ground. The violation continues and there is no check on it,” said Anil Nigam, a resident of Sector 49.
Traffic inspector Layak Singh said, “There is a need for additional deployment in the area and we will ensure that more personnel are present near the metro station. Moreover, the personnel of the ‘Garud squad’ will also patrol the area to ensure smooth flow of traffic.”
Apart from vendors, auto-rickshaw drivers too add to the chaos by parking vehicles in a haphazard manner on the service roads and main carriageway.
Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh said, “I have already given directions to the Noida authority to remove all encroachments. The traffic police has been also asked to remain alert and this problem of congestion must end. We are working on it and will ensure that people are not troubled further.”
In May this year, the district police and the traffic police along with Noida authority officials conducted a drive against violations and as many as 3, 000 people were penalised. Over 2, 000 kiosks operating illegally were also removed.