Ghaziabad: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) finally took action against the roadside vendors who encroached the road causing public nuisance at Raj Nagar Extension on Wednesday.
The authority carried out an anti-encroachment drive and removed stalls, kiosks and temporary shops settled on the roadsides. The GDA officials took help of the local police in the operation to remove encroachment from the main road of Raj Nagar Extension.
The officials said that the encroachment by these vendors used to cause huge traffic jams in the area every evening. Hearing the news, the residents heaved a sigh of relief.
“Every evening after 5 pm, the main road of the area becomes a sea of vehicles. It becomes almost impossible to take out vehicles from internal roads where residential societies are located. I hope that this will decrease the daily traffic,” told Shubham Srivastava, a resident of SCC Heights while talking to CitySpidey.
Meanwhile, residents also expressed scepticism on the efficacy of the anti-encroachment drive.
“While it may have little impact on the traffic congestion we face everyday, the more pertinent question is that for how long the authority will keep away the vendors. As far as the lethargic attitude of the authority is concerned, sooner or later, these vendors will eventually return,” said Prashant Suri, a resident of of the area.
“If the authority really intends to resolve the traffic menace caused by encroachments, they need to keep constant check and vigil on the vendors,” Suri added.