There might soon be some respite for harried commuters braving massive traffic snarls on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway every day.
In an attempt to decongest the 27.7 km long expressway, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) - central agency responsible for building highways in the country - is planning to augment the capacity of the existing toll plazas.
"We are keenly exploring the possibility of increasing the number of lanes at the toll plazas to 50 from the existing 32," said a NHAI official.
The official added, "The toll lanes would be expanded in a staggered way - 10 on one side and another eight on the
This would go a long way in reducing the traffic snarls that have become a regular feature on the expressway, which sees a daily flow of over 1.7 lakh passenger cars through the toll plaza.
As and when the toll lanes on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway are expanded to 50 lanes, it would become one of the largest toll plazas in the country.
"We are appointing a consultant who will recommend specific measures to decongest the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and suggest ways to augment the capacity of the existing toll plaza," said a senior NHAI official.
The consultants would be suggesting both short term and long-term measures to decongest the stretch. "Increase the number of toll lanes should not be a problem as there is land available on both side," said the official.
Once the consultant submit their report, we will finalize
the decongestion plan," the official added.
NHAI officials said that the urgency to decongest the expressway was necessitated on account of the growing traffic on the stretch. "The traffic flow is expected to increase further in coming years. And if adequate measures are not taken now, there would be chaos," said a NHAI official.