Noida Authority opens up to civic woes of markets
Noida Authority opens up to civic woes of markets
Mirah Zamin
Noida Authority opens up to civic woes of markets
Photo: CitySpidey

Noida Authority opens up to civic woes of markets

Noida: Despite the safaigiri (cleanliness drive) the Noida Authority has carried out from time to time in the city, the market areas in Noida have been reeling under many civic issues. Realising this, the authority sent a team to Sector 18 market on Wednesday to review the outcome of the safaigiri.

The team comprising Rahul Sharma, work circle 2 officer, Vijay Rawal from Health department among others interacted with the shopkeepers of the Sector 18 market and noted their concerns.

During the inspection, president of Sector 18 Market Association, Sushil Kumar Jain, drew the attention of the authority towards encroachment of roads by hawkers, pavements needing repair and the need to clear the market of litter on a daily basis.

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Talking to CitySpidey, Jain listed the charter of demands they had put forth before the team. As regards sanitation, he said, “We have asked them to cover all drains and lay a separate sewer line for the market.”

During the interaction with the authority officials, he said, “We have raised the issue of toilet prominently. There is a move to open its enrance towards the road. We have asked them to shift the gates of the toilet back to vendor zone.” 

Notably, the association has been opposing the change of entry for the toilets for a while now.

Sector 18 market is one of the busiest commercial hubs of Noida with a footfall of more than 5,000 per day. The association requested the authority to remove parking space near the plaza and allot a centralised parking space to avoid traffic congestion due to lack of space.

According to the association, the encroachment is rampant in the area and a vendor zone for hawkers can only reslove the issue.

Speaking about beautification of the plaza blocks, the president of the association said, “Broken marble should either be replaced or repaired and more green cover should come up in a place with such high footfall.”

Cars parked in tow away zone in the absence of parking space is a major cause of traffic jams and chaos at the market. This creates a situation which at times leads to heated exchanges and even fullfledged brawls among visitors. The autos and other vehicles parked here blocking the roads to the market is an add-on problem to the already congested area, said Vinayak Gupta, a store manager at the market.