Noida: Police on Friday evening launched an enforcement drive and removed encroachments and unauthorized autos, leading to a traffic jam outside. Metro station and in congested areas.
Police covered Sector 52, Modal Town Crossing, Dalit Prerna Sthal, Sector 62, Botanical Garden, etc., when TOI reported on August 5 that auto rickshaws had encroached upon a street outside Sector 52 metro station, causing Passengers were struggling to navigate the area.
Based on the report, Noida Police Commissioner Alok SinghJoint Commissioner of Police Luv Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Police Bharti Singh and DCP (Traffic) Ganesh Prasad Saha inspected various places. He also directed the officers of the respective areas to carry out anti-encroachment drive and remove illegally parked vehicles.
“We read TOI’s report on road encroachment by auto-rickshaw drivers on Friday. So, we visited the spot and launched an anti-encroachment drive. We also interacted with commuters and got their feedback. We have directed the local police team To ensure that there is no encroachment outside metro stations,” said the police commissioner.
He also directed the traffic police to seize vehicles plying without valid permits.
The DCP (traffic) said that on Friday evening, 2,017 vehicles faced checks, and the police seized 34 for permit violations. “Auto drivers have been advised not to encroach on the roads. We will carry out similar enforcement drives in the coming days,” he said.
The police team also interacted with women commuters to get their feedback on their experience in Noida. Women commuters complained that auto drivers were crowding the exit gates of the metro and chasing them to get into their autos. Hence, a police team has been deployed outside Sector 52 metro station to ensure discipline to the auto drivers.
The commissioner has also directed the police officers to improve patrolling in the area and use CCTV cameras to monitor public safety.
Locals said there was a paucity of parking space outside various metro stations, leading to encroachment. Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, who sometimes takes the Metro from Sector 52 station, said, “The problem is due to poor planning by the authorities. There is some empty space behind the metro station, but auto people have to stand there. That’s why auto drivers encroach on the road outside the station.”