Commuters already hassled with driving on the damaged and unleveled Delhi-Gurgaon Road, are facing more problems due to massive traffic jams on the road during peak hours.
The portion of the road connecting Palam Vihar crossing to Kapashera border remains chaotic during peak hours. The problem becomes worse at Hanuman Chowk, Dundahera crossing, which connects Old Delhi Road to the National Highway-8. A majority of the vehicles take a right turn from this crossing.
But there is hindrance to traffic movement when buses and cars belonging to call centers located in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) or the neighbouring areas on Old Delhi Road take a right turn towards the expressway from this crossing.
These vehicles leave the place together leading to traffic chaos. "So far, traffic officials have been stopping commuters from time to time to allow the buses belonging to call centres to cross the signal first. However, now it has been observed that during peak hours, the traffic signal is made non-functional.
The traffic cops allow these vehicles (belonging to the call centres) to cross the signal first. In fact I had an argument with the traffic cops so many times regarding the matter. If the situation continues to be like this, then we will hold a bandh after the election," says BS Yadav, a resident of Sector 22.
The residents of the sectors affected by the jam also forwarded the mail to Bharti Arora, joint commissioner, Gurgaon but no development has been reported in the matter.
Adds Surinder Singh, a resident of Sector 21, "These vehicles are parked in the internal lanes of our sector choking them and leaving no space for the locals to take their vehicles inside. Residents of the affected areas have decided to hold a meeting with the commissioner of police, Gurgaon after the election and give him details of the problem."
According to the residents, while the MCG has decided to disallow parking on selected roads in Gurgaon, this road has not been considered at all. "The roads connects so many HUDA sectors and other areas. People in large number still use the stretch. But the particular portion becomes narrow due to the haphazard parking of vehicles on the roadsides.
It is important that MCG consider challaning vehicles parked on the stretch immediately," says SC Kumar, a resident of Palam Vihar.
Further, after the rejection of the detailed project report (DPR) by the Urban Local Bodies Department (ULBD) and submitted by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for strengthening this road, residents are disappointed further. It has become an endless wait for the residents to see any development on this road.
"The road is already in a bad shape with a part of it dug up to lay sewer pipelines. Thus it witnesses massive traffic jams during peak hours. Hundreds of vehicles belonging to MNCs (located on both sides of this road) can be seen parked either on the vacant land or on the roadsides (Old Delhi Road).
In the existing circumstances, it takes at least 40 minutes to cross the Hanuman Mandir crossing, Dundahera. Since I have to go to Delhi, I have to cross this signal in any case.
Unfortunately, the entire stretch till Kapashera border has been encroached massively and is in a bad shape," says Arun Dayal, a commuter.
On being questioned about their plans, BS Singroha, chief engineer, MCG says, "As of now, we have no plans to include this road among the important roads where no parking will be allowed. But considering the increasing mess and the problem of roadside parking here, we will look into the matter."
"Regarding the problem faced by the residents on the damaged road, we have a plan to repair the road on a temporary basis until the DPR is approved by the ULBD. The road dug up for laying the main sewer line will be repaired very soon," he continues.