The IGNOU Road-Mehrauli Badarpur (MB) Road T-point has become a traffic nightmare for residents and motorists. Commuters are stuck for 30 minutes at the junction that is an important link for residents of Sainik Farms, Freedom Fighter Enclave, Anupam Garden and Neb Sarai. Motorists blame electricity poles in the middle of the potholed road and garbage spilling from a dhalao for the traffic mess.
A professor at Indira Gandhi National Open University said there are eight trees and electricity poles within a distance of 500m on IGNOU Road that create bottlenecks on this 2.5km stretch. “We are fed up of complaining now. We understand trees cannot be cut but it is better to remove them for smoother traffic flow. Otherwise, they will die from pollution,” he said.
Another reason for the perpetual traffic jam is the dug up road. Public Works Department (PWD) dug portions on this stretch more than a year ago for repairs. The road is yet to be levelled. Bikers say that they are the worst affected as the road is full of potholes.
“There are so many problems on one stretch. Electricity poles are a nuisance and dangerous, especially during monsoon. The footpaths have also been encroached,” said Kushagra Nigam, a motorist.
Also, residents say they have been trying to get an SDMC dustbin removed from the roadside. Spillover from the dhalao also creates traffic mess.
The traffic police say that this was a village area and it was never planned to be an intersection road.
“Traffic personnel are deployed at three points on the stretch — T-point, the Z-turn and further down the road. It is difficult to depute more than 3-4 people at each point as more personnel are required near Saket Metro station. We have been pursuing authorities to clear the encroachments, dumpyard and electricity poles to ease the situation,” said a senior traffic official.
The traffic police had earlier suggested an alternate route to ease traffic flow towards MB road. However, motorists don’t prefer to use main Chhatarpur Road) connecting Chhatarpur-MB road as it is not properly developed.
Meanwhile, PWD has no plans to restore the road. “The road is narrow, that is why there are so many problems. If we get written complaints, we will escalate the issue,” said a senior PWD official.