After faulty Subash Chowk flyway, residents want a say in planning

  • Snehil Sinha, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2015 00:55 IST
The recently-built Subhash Chowk flyover has proven to be a waste of money. (HT File Photo)

Residents plan to meet Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials and demand that their views too be considered while constructing flyovers and underpasses in the city.

The civic agencies are planning flyovers and underpasses near Huda City Centre Metro station and along Sohna Road.

What has made the residents demand a say is the recently built flyover at Subhash Chowk. The ill-conceived flyover is perpendicular to Sohna Road and has proven to be a futile exercise and waste of money.

Residents say the traffic congestion is along Sohna Road and the new flyover is of no help. Huda officials have also admitted that the flyover has been constructed in the wrong direction and is not as per the initial plans.

“Half-done jobs, bad quality of planning and many half-hearted promises are made to no end. The administration needs to seek the advice of residents and get more opinions on their plans,” Devinder Chopra, a resident, said.

Experts also say constructing flyovers is a faulty urban planning exercise as these structures do not help reduce congestion.

“Making flyovers to reduce traffic jams is like loosening your belt to fight obesity. Progressive countries are now realising the need for planning people-oriented cities and are doing away with outdated concepts like freeways, flyovers and road widening. Should we also commit the same mistakes and then go in for a retrofitting exercise when we can leapfrog the entire process and learn from their mistakes,” said Sarika Panda Bhatt, manager-cities and transport, Embarq India.

Urban planners say providing more space to traffic will only encourage more cars to take to the roads. It is not a sustainable solution and will eventually lead to more traffic.

Speaking at the Urban Mobility India conference (UMI) in New Delhi last year, Dr Kim from Korea Institute of Transport (KOTI) had said, “My father built 106 flyovers in Seoul. I’ve demolished 48 till now.”

Giving examples of such cities across the world, including those in China and Korea, planners explain how flyovers are being demolished to create more road space.

Meanwhile, MCG officials said that the plan for flyovers and underpasses are still in the conceptual stage and is yet to be proposed to higher officials in Chandigarh.

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