The campaign on Twitter has been dubbed ‘No Road For Crossing’. It's targeting the BJP-led central and state governments, along with the local civic body, for failing to deliver on their poll promise.
Tired of running from pillar to post over the absence of a proper approach and exit road for Crossings Republik, residents of this Ghaziabad township have taken to Twitter to get their voice heard. Instead of individual Tweets, residents have started a Twitter handle named “No Road For Crossing” to highlight the issue.
The handle specifically targeted the BJP-led central and state governments, along with the local civic body, for failing to deliver on their poll promise to give Crossings Republik its share of flawless connectivity.
The current approach road from NH 24, which passes through the township and leads to Noida Extension via Shaberi village, is narrow and is used by several commuters heading towards Ghaziabad. Moreover, this road also has a height barrier on it barring the movement of school buses and other heavy vehicles.
Incidentally, construction work on the alternative approach road to Crossings Republik has been hanging at the Allahabad High Court since 2012 due to the reluctance of a villager, who was not ready to sell a portion of his land for the road. This, in turn, chokes the traffic for around 25,000 families residing in the Ghaziabad township.
“We have been promised several times before the elections that the matter would be sorted if the BJP came into power. Even state ministers, along with local MLAs, promised us a solution, but the matter has seen no resolution. The road via Rishpalgarhi is laden with huge potholes, which are filled with dirty sewage water. School buses have to take this route as the Shaberi road has a height barrier. Residents also take the alternative route during peak hours,” said Kshitij Singhal, a Crossings resident.
“We understand that the matter regarding a certain portion is pending at the high court, but the government can at least work on the rest of the road,” Singhal further said.
Residents of the complex told City Spidey that there have been several instances of two-wheeler riders falling due to pot holes and craters. “We are tired of asking for a newly constructed road. We now only want the potholes to be filled,” said a resident.
Residents are also now questioning if the poll promise to sort the issue was only a political gimmick meant only for winning elections. Some also suggested to make ‘No progress-No votes,” as the motto of the Twitter handle.
After a while of lambasting, the matter drew response from the official Twitter handle of Gen. VK Singh (retd) Union Minister of State for External Affairs.
“We are trying to sort the issue. Most of the road is in Noida, hence DM Ghaziabad is having problems. Am working to resolve the issue,” read Singh’s reply .
However, the reply only drew the ire of the residents as the problem has not been solved ever since the BJP came to power.