The NHAI has prepared the traffic diversion plan for Rajiv Chowk and Bakhtawar Singh Road, where the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is constructing an underpasses connecting the highway and the Medanta hospital.
As per the new plan, which shall come into force in 10 days’ time, from March 8, the traffic from Sohna road and on Jaipur side of the service lane will have to take a U-turn from the Court road near Gurgaon district court to head towards Delhi. This step has been taken as the construction work on the Rajiv Chowk intersection will begin on the Gurgaon city side.
The changes will initially apply for two to three weeks, and if they are successful in easing congestion on the stretch and ensuring smooth flow of traffic, the route diversions will continue, the project consultant said.
Likewise, traffic from the Gurgaon city side will also be diverted. As per the new plan, the traffic from the city side will be routed towards towards Sohna Road and will then have to take an extended U-turn towards Manesar and Jaiupr. Around 1.5 lakh vehicles pass through Rajiv Chowk daily and the underpasses are being constructed by the highway authority to reduce congestion and remove the bottleneck.
It is because of the sheer volume of traffic on the stretch on any given day that the three underpasses are being constructed in separate phases.
As part of the first phase, the roads on both sides of the Sohna Road and Bakhtawar Singh Road are being expanded. These roads will be used for traffic movement once the digging for the ramp starts in the middle of the road.
The ramp work, trenching and construction at the intersection will take place in the first phase. JS Suhag, consultant of the project said that they came up with a detailed traffic diversion plan after studying the traffic pattern and movement of vehicles. “We have been tracking these roads daily during the peak hours and have been working with traffic department to develop the plan. The objective is to minimise the hassle for commuters,” Suhag said.