Transportation and Traffic Management issues in Greater Noida

By R Sriniwas, Town Planner

Note : These are extracts of power point presentation given at YMCA Study Cirlcle Discussions on the above subject on 12th September 2009, visitors may e mail their comments at pari@parichowk.com

 

CONNECTIVITY

 

•Greater NOIDA has excellent connectivity by roads –NOIDA-Greater NOIDA Expressway and DSC Road which are 100 Mt and 80 Mt ROW respectively.

 

•Entry to Greater NOIDA is relatively unhindered  compare to other cities like Gurgoan, Ghaziabad and Faridabad

•Both the roads are not plagued by unauthorized construction/encroachment along them as the development is  coming up in a planned manner.

•In long run , Greater NOIDA-NOIDA Expressway and ultimately Yamuna Expressway to Agra will emerge as regional spine and lead to manifold  increase in Traffic volume .

 

INTRA –CITY ISSUES

 

•City is served by UP Roadways and STA Buses. The Services have given some respite to residents as direct connectivity has been provided to New Delhi Railway Station, ISBT , Nehru Place, Ghaziabad and Sikandrabad, however there are some problems like:

 

Lengthy and overlapping destination oriented routes and Long journey hours.

 

Poor distribution of bus trips along different routes including long waiting time .

Newly developed residential sectors/educational institutions/hospitals are not adequately ccovered.

 

Sudden termination of bus route i.e., buses meant for plying between NDRS-Greater NOIDA terminates at Sector -37,NOIDA.

 

Sector 37 is emerging as major interchange point which has become chaotic  where buses are parked haphazardly and total confusion reigns with regard to timing of buses.

Absence of published information. No coordination between UP Roadways /STA/DTC Buses neither in terms of timing nor route information.
The requirement of  changing   buses to perform a single long  journey.

Lack of intra- city transportation hinders commutation between different sectors and important landmarks.

 

INTRA-CITY COMMUTATION

•Absence of frequent bus service has led to dependence on personalized  modes of Transport and Intermediate  Public Transport like auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws.

 

•Being a green field township, Greater NOIDA has not emerged as pedestrian friendly/bicycle friendly township .

 

•Even large number of educational instititutions have come up but students do not depend on bi-cycle unlike any other educational township.

 

•Adequate parking spaces have been made in the local convenience shopping centre, main commercial hub at Alpha-II. However, as dependence on personalized  modes has increased  hence the parking demand outstrip supply.  

 

Sector 37 is emerging as major interchange point which has become chaotic  where buses are parked haphazardly and total confusion reigns with regard to timing of buses.

 

Absence of published information. No coordination between UP Roadways /STA/DTC Buses neither in terms of timing nor route information.

 

The requirement of  changing   buses to perform a single long  journey.

Lack of intra- city transportation hinders commutation between different sectors and important landmarks.

 

•In terms of carriage way width 32% of roads are either 4 or more lanes.

 

• As per RITES study(2004), the average monthly expenditure on transport per household is Rs.231. and almost 60% of households do not spend money on transport. This is due to the fact Greater NOIDA has a large %age of rural population with significant proportion of residents having house and work place within the walking distance.

•However, this may not hold good in urban areas of Greater NOIDA where inter- city commutation is backed by employment opportunities in NOIDA,Delhi,Gurgoan and Ghaziabad.

•The floating population in Greater NOIDA will definitely increase the moment city gets connectivity with metro rail. 

 

INTRA -CITY TRAFFIC MOVEMENT

•Traffic movement is relatively smooth in Greater NOIDA,however, it is plagued with sheer traffic indiscipline due to absence of enforcement.

 

•The way Greater NOIDA has been planned, it is expected that vehicle users are expected to follow traffic rules.

 

•Inspite of well laid roads/ intersections, vehicle users always resort to short cuts by  driving/  taking wrong side .

 

• This has led major roundabouts of the city vulnerable to road accidents like Amritapuram Chowk, L.G.Chowk,Pari Chowk,Ryan International School Chowk and Authority Chowk.

 

•Buses  do not stop at the designated Bus bays.

 

•None of the major intersections are manned by Traffic Policemen.

 

•There is no fear in the minds of vehicle users because of lack of  enforcement.

 

•Another reason for wrong driving is absence of gaps in the median in front of Entry/Exit Gate.

•This could have been avoided as traffic generation in the city has not reached saturation level and moreover the gaps in median need to be dispensed with only after drastic increase in traffic volume.

 

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT IN GREATER NOIDA

 

First and foremost  step is to improve bus services and by proper coordination among UP Roadways,STA and DTC and make route scheduling in such a way that the buses  cater to neighbouring cities with minimum waiting time .

 

Traffic  and Transportation cell is required  to be created in Greater NOIDA Authority which should be responsible to suggest enforcement of Traffic rules with the help of Greater NOIDA Police.

 

Effort has to be make to identify for dedicated bus corridors so that BRTS concept can be taken up  by Greater NOIDA Authority along with acquisition  low floor buses.

 

Regular Awareness programme to be undertaken by G.NOIDA Authority in collaboration with  Police and NMC to educate public for adhering to traffic rules.

 

More emphasis should be on use of non-motorized modes by  earmarking  NMV lanes/pedestrian pathways/cycle tracks.

 

There is a need to make full use of Driver Training School and Transport Management Institute which was recently set up in G.NOIDA so as to instill traffic discipline among the truck /bus drivers.

 

Space reserved for Bus Terminals and Integrated Freight Complex needs to be developed .

As per RITES Study,Greater NOIDA is likely to attain population of 12.5 Lakh and 4.1 lakh working population and 3.7 lakh student enrolement.

 

•Daily Trips are likely to increase to 12.5  lakh by 2021 .

 

•Keeping in view the requirements of future and Greater NOIDA Authority  which is striving for developing the city as modern city need to take proactive steps to introduce MRTS/LRTS .

•With efficient  public transport system following the latest trend in transportation, the city can set up an example to the cities which are being set up by various States.

 

Some of the countries are using cycle as personalized vehicle ...can we replicate in Greater Noida?

 

 

Pedestrations have the first right on the road space....

 

 

Environment friendly and energy saving.....mode of transport... at Foreign Univesities and Educational Institutes...

 

People park their cycles at Railway stations.....and commute to work places...

 

 

Multi level cycle praking views....