Chaos is the best description for the situation on the stretch between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza. With no major underpass for cars and other vehicles, traffic gets choked at three crucial junctions. The movement of vehicles in the opposite direction on the service roads further complicates the matter as vehicles trying to enter and exit the highway get stuck on both sides of the carriageway.
Rajiv Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, and an unauthorized crossing opposite the Haldiram’s outlet have emerged as major bottlenecks.
Opposite the Haldiram’s outlet, the railing on the central verge has been removed and hundreds of pedestrians cross the road towards Kherki Daula village resulting in accidents.
“We are witnessing three to four accidents daily -- some of them major -- as people get hit by fast moving vehicles,” said Dilip Yadav, a resident of Kherki Daula.
Recently, an elderly woman from the village was hit while crossing the highway. She is in a coma for last two months, said Avnish Sharma, who owns a shop opposite the Haldiram’s outlet. The underpass that is nearby is not used by people during the night as it is not properly lit.
Similarly, at Hero Honda Chowk, a large stretch is used by people to cross the highway as there is neither a signal nor a foot overbridge nearby. A large number of people working in factories located on both sides of the highway jaywalk to reach their homes in Khandsa and other nearby areas.
Neeraj Diwan, a road safety officer, said there is an urgent need to designate a small stretch for pedestrian crossing. “Jams have become a daily affair as pedestrians cross the road from wherever they want,” he said.
At Rajiv Chowk, the vehicle owners are permanently caught in a bind as traffic moves left, right and straight at the intersection.
“If I need to move towards Delhi from Hans Enclave side, I come in the way of vehicles coming from the Gurgaon side,” said Parveen Gujjar, a resident.
The residents are now hoping that the flyover on the Hero Honda stretch will resolve this problem.