Residents of several high rise societies in Noida Extension like Gaur City, Panchsheel Greens and Ajnara Homes are having a tough time driving through Gaur Chowk, particularly in the morning and evening hours. Once known as Kisan Chowk this stretch is choc-a bloc with traffic for which residents have been demanding solutions from the civic authorities.
Today there are around 50,000 people living in Noida Extension. Vikas Kumar, a resident of Panchsheel Greens told our City Spidey reporter that only occasionally the traffic cops step in to manually control the traffic situation at the Chowk. “Needless to say, in their absence the situation is not less than a nightmare. At times busy commuters are stuck in the jams for hours,” Kumar added.
Kumar shared that only last month he had registered a complaint on the Jansunwai portal regarding the matter. The complaint (Number 4001418002059) which was addressed to the UP Chief Ministers office has now been forwarded to the Greater Noida Authority. “In response to the complaint the authority has sent a letter stating their intention of constructing an underpass from Supertech Eco Village 2 to the National Highway 24,” he informed.
Naresh Singh, a resident of Gaur City said that in the past two years, the number of cars plying on the road has gone up significantly. “By now there should have been an effective traffic control system, but there isn't any. During monsoons, the traffic chaos aggravates. It takes over an hour to cross Gaur Chowk,” Singh said.
Nimisha Sharma, deputy general manager of the planning department of Greater Noida Authority said that constructing an underpass is just one of the many solutions that are being contemplated upon.
Commenting on the issue, Anil Kumar Jha, SP (traffic) Gautam Budh Nagar, said, “The congestion starts from Parthala Chowk and extends to Gaur Chowk. Therefore we need traffic manning and signals on both entry and exit points. Accordingly the request for installation of traffic signals has been placed with the concerned civic authority and we are now waiting for a formal sanction.”
However, given the existing scale of mayhem, one wonders whether the traffic signals at the entry and exit points will make a positive difference at all.