Commuters have found a way out of the Delhi government’s odd-even road rationing policy — they queue up on the Gurgaon side of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway till 8pm to avoid getting fined. This has been slowing down traffic on the speedway during the evening rush hour.
Ever since the rule came in to effect, on January 1, most office goers, who do not prefer using public transport, start their day early to cross the borders before the clock strikes 8am. In the evenings, they start to line up by 7pm before the border.
When an HT team visited the Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Tuesday evening, an odd day, it spotted commuters driving even number numbers queueing up 6km ahead of the toll plaza. The cars were parked along the main carriageway, hindering peak traffic flow.
“I have been leaving for my office by 7am to avoid the road rationing policy. Earlier I used to leave by 9am. Even in the evening , I sometimes stay back in office for an hour and leave according to not get fined,” said Ajay Singh, a resident of Delhi and works in Gurgaon.
Under the road rationing policy, implemented by the Delhi Government, all private vehicles are allowed to enter the Capital before 8am and after 8pm. Those flouting the rule are fined for Rs 2,000.
On Tuesday evening, traffic moved slowly on the 11-km stretch of the expressway between Iffco Chowk and the defunct Sirhaul toll plaza. Atlas Chowk and Shankar Chowk saw major traffic jams, with people waiting for over 20 minutes just to cross the 2-km-stretch to enter Delhi. MG Road also saw snarls at the MG Road Metro station.
“I have been stuck in traffic for the last 20 minutes. There are jams almost every day but, the situation has worsened from Monday. The jams start after 7pm as many commuters park their cars along the road,” said Dheeraj Kumar, a commuter on MG Road.
The Gurgaon traffic police said it has been trying to control the snarls across the city. Officers said the Delhi police has barricaded the borders, which has slowed down vehicular flow. Additionally, police personnel stopping car driver to fine them under the odd-even policy has also been causing traffic jams in Gurgaon, the police said.
“The jams are due to the odd-even rationing policy being implemented in Delhi. Police personnel at the borders slow down vehicles for checking and fining. The ripple effect of the same is seen on all the major roads of Gurgaon,” said Sumeer Pratap Singh, ACP (traffic).