If you are taking this route in Noida, don't follow Google Maps
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If you are taking this route in Noida, don't follow Google Maps

The stretch, connecting several industrial areas, was declared a one-way in January 2016, but Google Maps doesn’t say so — and you will be fined!

If you are taking this route in Noida, don't follow Google Maps

When it comes to directions, Google Maps occupies the driver’s seat. But for Udyog Marg, trusting its navigation will certainly be a mistake.

The route — which provides connectivity between the industrial areas in sectors 1-11 and sectors 12, 22, 55, 56, 57, 58 and 62 — was declared one-way in January 2016 by the district administration. But Google Maps provides no such information, much to the annoyance of erring commuters, as they often end up paying fines!

The traffic police said it is aware of the issue and is working to rectify the mistake.

Anil Kumar Jha, SP Traffic, said, “We’ve written twice to the Google team, India, to mark the road as one-way, so commuters have the right information. We will again approach Google’s India office in Chennai to follow up on the issue. Sometimes, when roads are closed owing to construction, we send them information, but that, too, is not updated.”

Rakesh Sharma, a cab driver, said, “Once I had to travel from Mayur Vihar Phase III to Sector 4, Noida. I was using Google Maps to navigate. However, on entering Udyog Marg, traffic police imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on me for violating the one-way rule. Had the map shown me correctly, I would have taken some other route.”

About 2,000 big and small factory units are located between sectors 1 and 11 on Udyog Marg. Thus, to reduce congestion, the district administration had made this route one-way for vehicles going from Sector 1 to Sector 11 in January 2016, after consulting the traffic police and the Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association.  Also, it was made mandatory for vehicles coming from Sector 11 to Naya Bans on the Dadri-Surajpur-Chhalera Road to go via Harola.