The 9-km stretch of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza is a commuters’ nightmare in the absence of a vehicular crossover facility at Hero Honda Chowk — one of the main junctions of Gurgaon. The situation turns worse when commercial vehicles in large numbers hit the highway after the no-entry clause is relaxed after 9pm.
On this particular stretch, Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula are the only locations where commuters can take a U-turn. The expressway planners presumably forgot to take into account the fast-paced development along the expressway and the infrastructure upgrade that it requires.
If one comes from Delhi via Sarhaul toll plaza and Iffco Chowk and wants to go to sectors 10 or 10-A, Basai, or Sector 37, one is supposed to take a right turn from under Rajiv Chowk flyover and then take an immediate left on to the service road of the expressway and reach Hero Honda Chowk for taking a right here. Besides this labyrinth of a route, vehicles taking the wrong left for moving to the service road make the area extremely accident-prone.
Moreover, if one is unlucky enough and misses the right at Rajiv Chowk, then one has to drive 9km till Kherki Daula, again come back 6km to Hero Honda Chowk to take a left. Experts say that the need of the hour is to construct a flyover at Hero Honda Chowk to solve the problem of crossover.
“Had there been a flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, the commuters of Delhi and Faridabad also could have availed the benefit. The Gurgaon traffic police have removed four roundabouts on this stretch between Hero Honda Chowk and MG Road just to streamline the traffic movement, but in absence of a flyover here, the commuters cannot use the stretch between Subhash Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk,” said a police official.
The authorities have always been avoiding this question and have apparently washed their hands of the matter by constructing two foot overbridges (FOBs) and a couple of subways on this stretch.
“The subways are in a very poor state and they are too narrow for the movement of motorbikes and we do not use them at all,” said a local commuter, adding that a flyover is the best solution.
The expressway concessionaire, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), has not been proactive in addressing this issue and has had to bear the brunt of public anger and frustration.
Embittered by the incessant traffic hold-ups at Hero Honda Chowk, commuters have blocked traffic twice, forcefully freed the tolls in the past and are now bracing themselves for a stronger movement against the authorities.
“We admit that Hero Honda Chowk is a busy junction as it sees a large number of people crossing the expressway to go to the industrial belt nearby. Crossover of vehicles from the Hero Honda side to the other side towards Pataudi Road and vice-versa is not possible. The authorities have proposed a flyover at this point,” said a DGSCL spokesperson.