Greater Noida: The regular route diversions are causing more problems than solving issues at Greater Noida. The roundabouts, which were designed to keep traffic running smoothly on major roads, have completely failed to keep jams at bay.
The traffic police has closed several roundabouts including Pari Chowk, Kisan Chowk, P-3 and Alpha Commercial Belt Roundabout to relieve people from the traffic jams but all attempts to improve the situation have gone in vain.
Greater Noida’s master plan was inspired by Chandigarh, where roundabouts were made to keep the city congestion-free and red-light free but with the round-the-clock jam, the authority has been forced to revise the plans and the roundabouts have been diverted.
Interestingly, Greater Noida has only a population of eight lakh people and the traffic is an issue here. It is a big problem which is likely to worsen further.
Talking to CitySpidey, Manish Kumar, member of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA) said that the traffic jams can be seen near Kisan Chowk to Gaur City mall in Greater Noida West, due to vehicles slowing down for taking U-turn.
He said the problem will increase further in future when more and more people start living in various societies, which are currently under construction.
The solution for this can be an intervention by the traffic police while the permanent solution is to build an underpass or flyover at Kisan Chowk.
“There are no properly designed U-turns at Gaur City 1 and Exotica which leads to wrong lane driving,” he added.
Amit Sharma, a resident of Gaur City suggested that there should be installation of traffic lights on roundabouts as this is very crucial. He said due to construction activities, big trucks and tractors visit the area and their movement needs to be curbed.”
The Greater Noida Authority, taking cognizance of the matter, asked RITES, an engineering consultancy company, specializing in the field of transport infrastructure, to prepare a plan to manage the traffic and the transport system of the city.
“The current traffic hotspots like Kisan Chowk, Pari Chowk, Gaur City Chowk and others will be dealt,” Deepchand, ACEO, GNIDA said.