Ram Niwas Malik, chief engineer (retired), HSIIDC
Traffic-related problems are an everyday affair in Gurgaon. The issues persist because neither the state government nor the city administration is bothered about solving the commuters’ problems.
The toll plaza at Sirhaul on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway has become a nightmare for the motorists. The matter has even been taken to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, but there is no improvement.
The crossing of vehicles might become a bit easier if the toll charge is reduced to R20 instead of the odd figure of R21. The situation will further ease if the operator starts manual collection of toll from the stagnant vehicles during the peak hours.
If nothing succeeds then the removal of the toll barriers at least during the rush hours could work. In that case, the concessionaire and the Haryana government could share the losses.
As a matter of fact, nightmarish traffic jams are prevalent at every crossing and on every major intersection on the expressway. The situation at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rajiv Chowk, Huda City Centre, Atul Kataria Chowk, etc is the worst. But the real problem is that neither the state government nor the city authorities shows any seriousness in solving this problem.
Neither the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon nor the Haryana Urban Development Authority has any cell consisting of traffic management specialists or professionals to deal with such issues. An apparently easy solution lies in constructing elevated corridors for light vehicles.
This corridor will be something like the INA-Barapulla corridor in Delhi. This could solve the problem of congestions because 85% vehicles in Gurgaon are light vehicles. The remaining heavy vehicles can cross the junctions manoeuvring around the circular islands.
The cost of constructing the four-lane light vehicles corridor will be hardly Rs 25 crore per kilometre. The construction period is also limited because of the availability of pre-cast concrete girders. This proposal will solve the traffic problem in a few years and the total cost will be Rs 5,000 crore.