Bureau, New Delhi
To ensure commuters face minimum inconvenience in Noida during peak hours, the police have started holding weekly meetings with the authority to review the traffic situation and make changes wherever needed.
The superintendent of police (traffic) and additional chief executive officer of Noida authority attend the meetings held every Friday.
Superintendent of police (traffic), Anil Kumar Jha, said, "The first meeting was held on August 11. We decided to conduct it every Friday. Basic problems such as traffic lights and erecting barricades would be discussed with the authority. In Noida, we regulate traffic movement but the infrastructure has to be provided by Noida authority. It is important on our part to take up matters with them."
Jha took to Twitter and WhatsApp late Sunday evening, requesting people to forward their problems and suggestions in a bid to improve vehicular movement.
"Recently, barricades were erected on the Delhi-Noida- Direct flyway to avoid jams on the clover leaf heading towards Greater Noida. This helped a great deal in reducing traffic congestion on the stretch. Similarly, many such problems will be resolved after talking to officials. It is true we need various mega projects such as flyovers and underpasses, but we cannot wait till their completion," Jha said.
In the first meeting on August 11, the Noida authority allowed traffic police to use its cranes for two more months. The traffic police now use them to tow away vehicles.
The Noida authority also got printers of cameras installed on Noida-Greater Noida expressway repaired. These will be used for printing challans.
These printers were not working for over two months and were repaired after a discussion with the additional chief executive officer of Noida authority, RK Misra.
It was also decided that hoardings and other advertisements installed in and around 112 traffic signals in Noida would be removed in two weeks.
"Due to the hoardings, people were not able to see the signals. Moreover, the Supreme Court's guidelines say these areas should be clear of such installations," said Jha.