Ghaziabad: Bus stops in the middle of NH9 | Ghaziabad News

GHAZIABAD: One of the busiest routes in the city is NH-9, with thousands of commuters using it daily.
However, getting through it is a challenge for them because drivers halt buses in the middle of the road to pick up passengers, resulting in traffic congestion and brining scores of people waiting to board the buses in direct line of highway traffic
At night, the NH-9 route via Ghaziabad sees traffic speed pick up, but so does the number of people waiting for long-distance buses right in the middle of the highway.
UP Gate, Model Town, the CISF cut, Vijay Nagar junction and Chijarishi are the five worst-affected places on the UP Gate to Lal Kuan route, which have turned into waiting points for passengers. Other public transport vehicles like autos and vans also pick up passengers from these spots.
In May this year, chief minister Yogi Adityanath ordered officials to remove all illegal encroachments along roads, including unlicensed taxi and bus stands, and eateries, during a meeting on road safety. He also ordered officials to impose the Gangster Act on those operating unlicensed bus or taxi stands and seize their property.
However, it seems that a decision has not yet been made on this by the Ghaziabad administration or the police, say commuters and residents.
Reema Shukla, a resident of Vijay Nagar, said, “While returning from office around 9pm, I get stuck in unnecessary traffic jams because of buses halting in the middle of the roads for picking up passengers. If I honk, people would give me an angry look. It’s really frustrating.”
“When I was returning home last week a little early via the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME), I had a close shave near Vijay Nagar. I suddenly spotted some people waiting for buses in the middle of the road. I immediately applied brakes, causing my car to skid,” she added.
Commuters blamed the Ghaziabad administration and police for turning a blind eye to the problem. “Buses from Anand Vihar or Kaushambi depots would always stop to pick up passengers from the middle of the road. It’s high time that the authorities cracked down on the errant drivers,” Alok Chaudhary, a resident of Indirapuram.
Bus drivers, however, said that there should be proper stops for passengers on NH-9, which would help put an end to the problem. “People wait on the highway to catch buses instead of going to the nearest depot. So, more bus stops are the need of the hour,” said a driver.
Khora resident Subhash Gangwar, who was waiting for A bus at Model Town, said he travels to his home town in Bulandshahr every weekend. “The fact that buses stop on NH-9 for passengers is quite comfortable. I catch a bus from near my home, I don’t need to travel to the depot for the same. Moreover, it saves time and money.”
Muniraj G, SSP of Ghaziabad, said that they regularly conduct drives and penalise errant bus drivers. “More than 20 buses have been seized in the past six months for rash driving or unauthorised parking on NH-9 or DME. At the same time, I believe that the National Highways Authority needs to build some bus stands on NH-9. I will soon write a letter to NHAI on this.”
An NHAI official said, “We will soon coordinate with Ghaziabad police to ensure a seamless ride on the highway.” An official of UP Roadways said, “In areas like Khora, Indirapuram and Vijay Nagar, the NHAI has not built bus stops. This is the reason behind people thronging the roads to board buses.”

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