Traffic moved smoothly on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway amid high police presence on Monday morning. This on a day when Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar is expected to be on a road trip through the city to take stock of the situation that arose due to heavy jam followed by water logging on Thursday.
Since Monday morning, city roads, including the expressway, witnessed heavy cop presence even as ‘dak kanwarias’, the disciples of Lord Shiva, hit the main carriageway on foot, two wheelers and four wheelers playing disco jockeys (DJs) in full volume.
The ‘dak kanwarias’ who run like a relay race where one pilgrim completes a fixed distance and then hands over the pot containing water from river Ganga to the another member of the group also hit the roads, including NH-8, in large numbers despite being banned this year by Haryana police considering vulnerability of accidents.
But, taking no chances, police had put in place proper traffic arrangements, perhaps, learning lessons from past week’s traffic gridlock. Cops were seen guarding entry/exit points as vehicles moved on the roads.
Police said vehicular movement was normal on expressway and other arterial routes of city.
Usual Monday Morning Traffic in Gurgaon...No blockages reported.— Gurgaon Police (@gurgaonpolice) August 1, 2016
There were some reports of minor traffic snarls near Dhaula Kuan, Mahipalpur, Ambience Mall, and Sirhaul as office goers commuted towards Gurgaon.
In the wake of downpour forecast, civic agencies had kept water pumps available on roads to ensure that rainwater, if any, is not allowed to accumulate.
Commuters took to social media thanking Gurgaon police for putting in place elaborate arrangement for handling traffic.
Reached office today wdout any hinderance @gurgaonpolice ...thanks big tym ...rajeev chowk not dat busy today..hope to see this everyday :)— Dr Shalini Gupta (@DrMShalini) August 1, 2016
On my way 2 work from Sohna Road to Sec21.Can see a lot of police presence on Gurgaon roads.Makes me feel safe! Thanks @gurgaonpolice— Ramandeep Kaur (@ramandeepkaur) August 1, 2016
As many as 1500 cops were on duty for the purpose.
Inside the city, areas like HUDA City Centre, Iffco chwok Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road reported witnessed heavy traffic.
CM Manohar Lal will reach Gurgaon via road from Delhi on Monday afternoon to attend a function at Industrial Model Township (IMT), Manesar, 25 kilometres from Gurgaon. He is expected to conduct an aerial survey, before heading towards Manesar.