Since it was thrown open almost a year ago, traffic authorities both in Delhi and Haryana have not prosecuted a single two-wheeler driver for using the main carriageway of Gurgaon Expressway.
Surprising even when two-wheeler riders form the second most number of fatalities after pedestrians there.
Unbelievable it may sound, but the simple reason is that the 27.7-km-stretch needs to be notified by the respective state governments as 'Expressway' with a permissible speed limit. In absence of such a notification, the signboards on the Expressway about the ban on two-wheelers are uncalled for.
In reply to a query under RTI about "rules governing the use of expressway by motorcycles/scooters etc and the rational in banning their entry onto the expressway," the Delhi Traffic Police informed that the matter pertained to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
NHAI officials, in turn, said they had recommended the same to both the Haryana and Delhi governments. "We wrote a letter to this effect way back in April 2008. They (the two governments) should notify it as the earliest," said a senior NHAI official.
Private entity, DSC Ltd, which constructed the Expressway, too confirmed the same. "We have asked the NHAI to take steps for notification. We don't have the authority to prosecute any two-wheeler on it," Manhad Narula, Director DSC Ltd, said.
Another important factor is non-availability of option for the slow-moving vehicles. While service roads are available on both sides of the expressway in Gurgaon section, there is no service lane when one comes from Gurgaon towards Delhi between Rajokari Flyover and Palam More. So the traffic coming from either Rajokari or Gurgaon and headed towards Delhi is bound to get on to the main carriageway.
The question is will the Delhi government notify the stretch as an 'Expressway', prohibiting the two-wheelers to ply on it even when the service road is not available?
When contacted, officials from both Delhi and Haryana government were unavailable for comments.