Noida, Sec 62: Face-off between Mecon and DMRC continues
A residents' body alleged that the inconvenience caused due to diversion of traffic to service lane from the main road in Sector 62, Noida, was a result of DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) neglecting their concerns. DMRC, however, claimed it had acted on a number of complaints and had done their best to ease them.
PR Chandna, general secretary of Mecon Apartments management committee, alleged that he has been witness to frequent traffic snarls next to his society’s entry gate ever since DMRC barricaded the main road for developing the elevated Metro rail tracks. "The traffic plying through the service lane next to the society frequently blocks the entry and exit," said Chandna.
Residents pointed out that the problem started to worsen a few weeks ago, when DMRC introduced a temporary U-turn on the main road opposite Lavanya Apartments. They said the U-turn allowed commuters coming from Sector 63 to take a turn for going towards Sector 62. This added to the traffic woes on the already congested service lane.
"Earlier, it was mostly the traffic coming from Mamura village that used the service lane," said Chandna. "Ever since the U-turn was introduced, the lane is being used as a main road by commuters from Mamura village, from the Sector 63 main road and traffic driving in the wrong direction, coming in from Fortis Hospital. Apart from that, there are other issues with the lane, such as a lack of streetlights and several traffic-rule violations on the service lane. I have seldom seen traffic cops at the juncture next to Fortis Hospital. People driving on the wrong side of the road is a common sight. On top of that, the service lane has been narrowed."
Chandna said that he had brought the issue to the concerned officer's notice and urged him to take immediate action to solve the problems. He had also sent a reminder a few days after lodging the complaint.
Rajendra Singh, vice-president of Mecon Apartments RWA, said while exiting the society, residents had to wait at the society's gate for around 20 minutes, waiting for the traffic outside to clear. "Similarly, entering the society is a problem with the service lane chock-a-block with vehicles," said Singh. "Commuters also tend to drive rather recklessly, which is another major concern. Just the other day, our RWA president was hit by a biker a few feet away from the society gate. There are so many schoolchildren who use the service lane. Who will be responsible in case of a mishap?"
TS Mudgal, the DMRC project engineer in charge of the Metro rail development in the area, said although the metro rail was being developed for the convenience of residents, they were the ones raising issues from the very onset of the project. "I have been quite proactive in attending to all their complaints and solved them," said Mudgal. "We are doing what we can. We have arranged for water to be sprinkled to control the dust, installed streetlights and repaired the service lane. Residents still keep raising issues as if we have not done anything."