Knocked repeatedly, traffic cops remove height barrier

NOIDA: With trucks and dumpers continuing to use the route because of alleged lack of patrolling, the low height installed at Atta Peer Chowk to prevent the entry of heavy vehicles has been broken at least 10-12 times in the past few weeks, officials have said.
The height barrier was eventually on Sunday after it was knocked down by a truck the night before.

The traffic , who are faced with allegations of lack of patrolling at night, have now closed entry to Sector 18 on Maharaja Agrasen Marg.

SP (traffic) Anil Jha said the barrier was broken on Saturday night after a “heavy vehicle” hit it. “Heavy vehicles, including trucks and trailers, tend to use the route late at night. The barrier has been uprooted at least 10-12 times in the past. We will write to the Noida Authority to construct a speed breaker on the spot before re-installing the barrier,” he said.

The repeated accidents involving the height barrier also highlight the lack of police patrolling along the stretch at night. Heavy vehicles tend to take advantage of this apparent slackness and use the stretch.

The traffic police have now closed one of the entries to Sector 18 from the Maharaja Agrasen Marg. This entry — near the foot over-bridge that connects Sector 18 with TGIP Mall — was closed earlier too. It was, however, opened after the Sector 18 market association objected to it.

“The entry ahead of the gurdwara has been closed using jersey barriers,” Jha said. Traffic in Noida have often cited lack of hands for its failure to patrol all roads in the city.

The market association said it would hold a meeting to discuss the closure of the road. Sushil Jain, president of the Sector 18 market association, said many shop owners are opposed to the closure.

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