Noida: Volunteers of 7x welfare team on Sunday came together to spread awareness about lane driving. This is the fourth round of campaign under their 'Ulta Na Chalo' (Don’t Drive in Wrong-lane) initiative at the T-point near Sector 76 metro station on DSC Road.
The campaign against wrong-lane driving was launched in November by a group of residents from the societies of 7x (71 to 79 sectors of Noida).
Like previous Sundays, this time too the team members were seen holding aloft banners and placards. They were asking wrong lane drivers and bikers to take a U-turn and come from the right direction instead of taking shorter but the wrong route which could result in a casualty.
Talking to CitySpidey, the volunteers said in the last three times they have been observing that whenever a police vehicle or a traffic cop is around, people are extra cautious against wrong lane driving. But when the road was not under surveillance, the number of traffic violation increased dramatically.
The volunteers felt that though awareness was important and the team would continue to put in their efforts towards this end, a fear for the law should be instilled in order to save lives of these khatro ke Khiladi (daredevils).
Interestingly, Jitendra Singh, a police official from Sector 49 police chowki in Noida, also participated in the campaign along with the volunteers and spoke to several wrong lane drivers.
Leelesh Sharma, a volunteer, said, “The general answer all of us got from these wrong lane drivers is 'Arre yahin thak toh jana hai’ (I just have to go nearby). These people fail to realise that even 20 meters of wrong lane driving can prove fatal.”
Mukesh Gupta, another volunteer, said, “We have decided to move our campaign to the non-engineered U-turns of Noida which are already in very bad shape and are dangerous next Sunday.”
Talking about the regular wrong lane drivers the volunteers have been coming across, they said that riders from Zomato, Swiggy and other delivery executives take wrong lanes in order to save time and petrol.
The volunteers in this initiative were residents of Antriksh Golf View 2 (sector 78), Assotech Windsor court (sector 78), Amrapali princely Estate (sector 76) and Hyde Park ( sector 78).