The Gautam Buddha Nagar police on Wednesday seized a total of 1174 illegal autos/tempos running across Noida and Greater Noida under the campaign 'Operation Clean 3'.
The drive commenced at 11 am and continued till 2 pm during which, 475 of them were issued challans. These autos and tempos were found without number plates besides having illicit permits.
“The three-hour drive is expected to decongest traffic on roads besides providing relief to the general public. More such drives will be carried out in future,” assured Vaibhav Krishna, senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Gautam Buddha Nagar.
However, there are mixed responses from residents of various sectors across Noida and Greater Noida regarding the initiative.
Talking to City Spidey about the drive, Preeti Bhargava, a resident of Gaur City in Greater Noida said, "Such operation should be launched simultaneously at least once in a month only then, some change will take place otherwise it will fail in its objective.”
“Autos tend to encroach all the major intersections in Noida and Greater Noida besides metro stations and roundabouts. Gaur intersection is a perfect example where half of the road gets occupied by them. It is a good initiative by Noida police," Preeti added.
Vivek Srivastava, another resident of Greater Noida West lauded the efforts made by cops stating, "The way police has acted against the vehicles violating traffic rules was commendable and action like this need to be taken once in 10 days. I am sure traffic issues will be resolved for Noida - Greater Noida West. I hope traffic police in Noida should educate such drivers besides issuing challans."
Well, there are a few people who are not happy with this campaign.
Liya Joseph, a daily commuter from Noida shared her views saying, “Really bad for travellers! For people like me who do not own a single vehicle, it is going to be a problem because we cannot afford taking cabs every day. It will cost us more.”
Some have even empathised with such auto and tempo drivers.
Naman Sharma, resident of Noida said, “What will they do now? Getting a licence when you are not very well-educated is a hassle and that is why these poor rickshaw drivers might be running their vehicles without it. The police should understand that those rickshaws are their only source of income. It is like stealing their livelihood. They should return it back to them without charging any fine.”