The steep turn and sloping road on Gurgaon-Faridabad state highway near Ghatta village in Sector 55 is likely to be straightened soon after the Haryana PWD minister sanctioned Rs 3 crore for the purpose.
More than 400 accidents, including 136 major accidents, were reported from the stretch in the last four years. The bad lighting and flawed design makes the stretch prone to accidents.
Gurgaon-Faridabad Road is one of the major links between the two cities. It is regularly used by thousands of motorists coming from and going towards Faridabad as it extends to south Gurgaon, Manesar, Dharuhera, Sohna Road and NH-8.
Local residents have been demanding that this road be widened at the earliest as the traffic is increasing every day. There is also a rise in the number of people living along the road as new sectors are being developed.
People who are not frequent commuters on the road are unaware of the steep turn and slope just before the Valley view apartments, increasing the risk of accidents. Several times, vehicles rolled down the hill and ended up in courtyards of residential complexes.
“The residents of the area have been demanding road widening for the last four years, but in vain. The lack of proper lighting is also one of the reasons for the high number of accidents on the stretch,” Shweli Dey, a daily commuter, said.
Though the Huda installed streetlights, residents say those are hardly effective.
Deepak Vohra, senior executive of a multinational corporation on Golf Course Road, said, “I have been commuting on this stretch for the last seven years and the situation has worsened. Every day, I get to see an accident while travelling between home and office. A lot of people have lost their lives on this stretch.”
However, after Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh sanctioned Rs 3 crore for road widening, commuters hope the accident graph goes down.
Singh visited the area three months ago and asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials to prepare a report on the stretch for further approval of funds.
A Huda official said the urban development authority has no funds to execute of work and will start the project as soon as they get the funds.
Councillor Mahesh Dayma said, “I have been following up with the Huda and the PWD minister to start the work at the earliest. The officials had visited the stretch and submitted the report but the approval has been pending for the last few months”.
A Huda official said the development authority has received several complaints from residents living along the road. “We will modify the road when the funds are available and this project will be done on priority basis. We have conducted the survey and the reports were sent to Chandigarh but the funds have not been released.”