Even as errant bus drivers are being fined by the strict traffic police under the new safety drive, trucks carting iron rods drive freely on city arterial roads amidst heavy traffic, dangerously flouting rules.Open trucks carrying rods were found in big numbers on roads connecting to NH-24 and within Sectors 32A, 25, 36, 4, 75, 76, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117 and 118. When asked why no action has been taken against the defaulters, superintendent of police (traffic) Suneeta Singh blamed lack of provisions to ban entry of trucks during peak hours. Like Delhi, there is no provision of no entry of heavy vehicles in Noida. The vehicles move freely in the city,Singh said, adding that it keep the polices hands tied.
However, there is a regulation that directs drivers on how to handle irons rods safely on the road. The iron rods should not come out of the vehicle and there should be a red sign on the backside of the vehicle to alert other commuters, she added.Other officials blame faulty planning and poor engineering of the Noida Authority. Catching all vehicles carrying iron rods and other material in an improper manner is difficult, but we are working out on ways to sort the problem. We are exploring the routes which can be demarcated for transporting construction material, but since all roads in Noida are interconnected, it becomes difficult to finalize anything, said a senior police official. However, trucks have been allowed to travel via the new link road, which connects NH-24 with Greater Noida West (Noida Extension).On their part, Noida traffic police had recently planned on fixing entry timings for heavy vehicles in the city, according to some senior police officials.
However, the plan could not materialize because of lobbying by influential builders. We believe human life is more importantthan the pace of construction. But with the restrictions on dumpers and trucks, construction at developers site would be hampered, and so they opposed the idea, a senior official, on condition of anonymity, said.Transport officials demand bribes ranging between Rs1,000 and Rs 5,000, and traffic policemen satisfy themselves with Rs100-200 from truck drivers. This happens because RTOs are all powerful, authorized to inspect a trucks cargo, vehicles fitness certificate, its permit, and the drivers license. Policemen also seek bribes from drivers after they are caught flouting traffic rules, a construction material supplier said.