Noida: Beggars on the staircase, hordes of auto and cycle-rickshaws at exit factors jostling for area, and stench from a urinal close by — that is what greets commuters at Sector 18 Metro station daily. District Justice of the Peace N P Singh not too long ago wrote to the Noida Authority to attract its consideration in direction of the busiest Metro station in Noida, which is in a state of chaos.
“Whereas the stations fall below Noida Metro Rail Company (NMRC), upkeep of entrance and the lobby is the Authority’s duty,” Singh informed TOI. “So, it’s their shared duty to offer commuters a superb Metro expertise. We’ve got written to the Authority chairman on Friday to attract his consideration to the situation of the foyers and entrances of varied Metro stations,” he added. Whereas Sector 18 is essentially the most chaotic, the situation of different stations, like Botanical Backyard or Metropolis Centre, isn’t any higher.
The Sector 18 Market Homeowners Affiliation echoed the issues. “We’d like at the very least yet one more Metro entry level at Sector 18. There also needs to be walkways or underpasses to assist folks enter or exit Metro stations. The entrances must be lit properly at evening,” stated S Ok Jain, president of the affiliation. “The escalators are invariably soiled,” he added.
Whilst complaints mount, Metro officers stated they’ve been doing their finest to take care of cleanliness. “The area which Noida Metro has, particularly at Sector 18, is inadequate to sort out the large footfall,” stated a spokesperson for NMRC. “We’ve got an environment friendly housekeeping system, however our jurisdiction ends the place Metro space ends. We take away encroachers round Metro stations, however they hold coming again,” the spokesperson added.