Managing traffic congestion at Shankar Chowk, a major intersection on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, continues to be a challenge. Even though the city traffic police have tried several measures in the recent past, commuters see no respite from frequent snarls, especially during peak hours at this intersection, which has industrial township Udyog Vihar on one side and corporate hub DLF Cyber City
on the other.
The bottleneck at the intersection, located just 300 metres from the 32-lane Sirhaul toll plaza, affects the traffic flow on the city roads as well as the high-speed link which is used by lakhs of motorists daily.
Although the traffic police have taken a slew of measures in the recent past, they failed to ensure smooth vehicular movement. For instance, the traffic police introduced a U-turn at the crossing. But to take the U-turn, a motorists going towards the city has to travel at least two kilometres.
Motorists entering or exiting the expressway from Shankar Chowk have to spend more than half-an-hour here during peak hours. It doesn't make much of a difference even if one takes a detour through an interior road.
"The bottleneck at the crossing is unmanageable. Vehicles have to cross the intersection after entering the city through NH8 but snarls often throw the entire city traffic out of gear," said a daily commuter.
Officials say that the reason behind the bottleneck is heavy flow of traffic to Udyog Vihar and Cyber City. Roads leading to these two areas remain clogged during peak hours.
Cycle rickshaws, bicycles and other slow-moving vehicles going towards Udyog Vihar or Cyber City though Shankar Chowk add to the woes of motorists.
"Though some changes have been made in traffic plan but crossing this intersection in the evening is a tough task. What is the point in travelling additional 2 km through DLF Cyber City just to cross one intersection on the expressway?" asked Priti Chauhan, a daily commuter.
Some commuters also complained that the traffic police personnel fail to check auto-rikshaws and two-wheelers driving on the wrong side.
"We have managed the traffic at Shankar Chowk but the commuters often drive on the wrong side and park their cars on the main road. The traffic constables and marshals have done relatively well to manage the traffic as compared to the situation a year ago," said Maheshwar Dayal, deputy commissioner of police (east).