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Vehicle breakdowns, accidents brought Noida to a halt in October

Traffic police shared the reason for unusual jams along major roads connecting Noida and Delhi between Oct 11 and Oct 24 after 137 citizens complained alleging poor deployment of cops for streamlining traffic

noida Updated: Oct 27, 2017 14:27 IST
Sohil Sehran
Mahamaya flyover was among the many key roads connecting Noida and Delhi that experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic in October.
Mahamaya flyover was among the many key roads connecting Noida and Delhi that experienced bumper-to-bumper traffic in October. (HT File Photo)

October has been a month of traffic jams for citizens commuting between Noida and Delhi and, according to the city traffic police, vehicle breakdowns on key roads linking the national capital with the satellite city are to be blamed.

From October 11 to October 24, as many as 14 major traffic jams were witnessed on the roads linking Delhi and Noida. Of the 14 instances of accidents and breakdown of vehicles, nine took place during peak traffic hours in the morning and five took place during the evening rush hour.

The data was shared by the Noida traffic police on its official Twitter handle and Facebook page following criticism by netizens. As many as 137 people complained of traffic jams, alleging poor deployment of cops for streamlining traffic in the past two weeks.

The most affected road were those linking Noida with Delhi such as the Mahamaya flyover, the Delhi-Noida-Delhi flyway, the Delhi-Noida Link road and the elevated road linking Sector 61 to Sector 28.

The traffic police said the logjams were neither a result of surge in number of vehicles on roads around Diwali nor malfunctioning traffic signals, absence of traffic personnel or bad roads. The Noida traffic police attributed these traffic jams to frequent accidents and vehicles breaking down on key roads. The ensuing jam would see hundreds of vehicles stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for two-to-three hours.

Traffic officials said vehicular logjams were caused by the delayed response time of agencies concerned, which took time to remove the malfunctioning vehicles from the road.

A senior official said, October saw maximum traffic jams during which vehicles remained stuck in for several hours in Noida this year.

Circle officer, traffic (city), Shwetabh Pandey, said, “To reduce traffic jams caused due to these reasons (vehicles breaking down), we are bringing in some changes. A crane will remain on standby to immediately lift the vehicle that’s been in an accident or has broken down. The Noida authority has provided us with six cranes.”

Pandey said the real problem is caused when heavy vehicles, such as buses or trucks, breaks down. They cannot be towed. Instead, they are repaired and traffic on the route is diverted, he said.

Sources however said that the Noida traffic police does have a hydraulic crane for towing heavy vehicles. It has been lying defunct after it developed a technical fault two months ago, sources added.

“So, the traffic police call mechanics to the spot to repair buses. Because of this situation, vehicles start lining up on the affected routes,” the source said.

A traffic police official said manpower shortage is another reason why such long jams have been affecting the Delhi-Noida traffic.

“Against the sanctioned strength of 700 traffic personnel, there are only 161 traffic cops, including the superintendent of police (traffic), in the district,” the official said.

Expert View

Nalin Sinha, independent traffic and transport expert

“Vehicles breaking down is a small problem in satellite cities, like Noida and Gurgaon. Traffic jams are increasing because more people are switching to private vehicles due to lack of public transport facility. Had there been enough public transport, people would definitely not use their own vehicles on a daily basis.

“Moreover, when there is a rise in the number of vehicles, the government should also ensure proportionate increase in infrastructure.

During rush hour, the Noida traffic police should remain alert with men and machinery to ensure there is the flow of traffic is smooth; this will help avert crisis.”

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Date Place of occurrence Reason

October 11 Mahamaya flyover DTC bus breakdown

October 11 Elevated Road Car breakdown

October 12 Noida- Greater Noida E-way Truck breakdown

October 13 Kissan Chowk Greater Noida Truck breakdown

October 13 Noida- Greater Noida E-way Fire in car

October 14 Noida- Greater Noida E-way Car bike collision

October 16 DND flyway Private bus breakdown

October 16 Noida Greater Noida E-way Carriage vehicle breakdown

October 17 Elevated Road Car breakdown

October 18 Sector 45 Road Truck breakdown

October 23 Pari Chowk Car breakdown

October 23 Elevated Road Car toppled

October 24 Mahamaya flyover DTC bus breakdown