The ever-increasing traffic chaos in the Millennium City, especially at the major crossings and stretches near the condominiums, has changed the way the residents there lead their life.
Many face virtual “house arrest” situations during peak hours, with long traffic jams at their gates. Others change their daily schedule to go to work or visit a nearby mall.
The most-affected are those living in the condominiums situated on MG Road — with malls and office complexes in their neighbourhood. The other areas facing similar situation are the ones near DLF Cybercity, Galleria Market, Golf Course Road, Signature Towers and IFFCO Chowk.
“It takes one hour to reach the other end of the road to my apartment or the Ambience Mall, which is hardly a kilometre distance, at peak hours as long queues of stranded vehicles are in front of our gates. It turns out to be a house arrest situation for us. Bad quality roads and parking of cabs on the roads is the main problem,” said Rajesh Kohli, a resident of Belvedere Park, which is next to DLF Cybercity in DLF City (Phase-III). He said he leaves his house after 11 a.m. for an uninterrupted ride from Cybercity to Ambience Mall.
“No matter how early I get out, it takes me more than 30 minutes to reach Sector 37, which makes my son late for his class every day,” said Joyshree Gummalla, a resident of Ridgewood Estate.
This neighbourhood, which includes Hamilton Court, Windsor Court Regency Park-II and Richmond Park, remains badly affected because of jams at Galleria Market and Super Mart crossings.
Soumitra Chaudhury, a resident of DLF Phase-IV, leaves at 7.45 a.m. to go to his office in Nehru Place, just to avoid the traffic.
The Genpact crossing that also leads to the Faridabad Road remains jam-packed with trucks and dumpers, in addition to the parked cabs.
Police Commissioner S.S. Deswal blamed civic authorities for the inadequate infrastructure. “With Gurgaon still short of 20 flyovers, 23 subways, 17 multi-level parking, four interchanges, 1,500-1,600 police personnel, in addition to the increasing inflow of vehicles, the traffic scenario sees no ray of hope in the near future.”
Municipal Commissioner, Rajesh Khullar said efforts were being made where new parking lots were being created to accommodate vehicles visiting commercial areas. Earlier, vehicles were parked on the roads, causing traffic chaos, he said.