The drivers of vehicles violating the odd-even road rationing scheme line up on one side of National Highway-8 near Delhi-Gurgaon border till 8pm to enter the national capital without being fined Rs 2,000. These vehicles slow the traffic and cause jams that even choke the arterial roads.
Since the second phase of the scheme came into effect in Delhi, office goers, who do not prefer the public transport or carpooling, cross the border from Delhi and enter Gurgaon before 8am even if their office starts much later. In the evening, the defaulters line up at the border after office.
The drivers turn on the parking lights and make beelines as long as a kilometre on the main carriageway of the expressway around 5 kilometres before the Delhi border. This forces other vehicles to slow down or use the service lanes.
Even on Tuesday evening, the traffic moved slowly on the 11-kilometre stretch from Iffco Chowk to the defunct Sirhaul toll plaza.
“Several cars line up near the border daily, waiting for the clock to strike 8. No one wants to pay Rs 2,000 as fine and so the drivers wait patiently but disturb the traffic,” Avantika Singh, a commuter from Gurgaon, said.
Under the road rationing scheme, all private vehicles are allowed to enter the national capital before 8am and after 8pm.
“I tried waiting near the border after one of my friends gave me the idea. There are no comfortable public transport options and so I am fine waiting for an hour before entering Delhi,” Akash Batra from Delhi said.
The Gurgaon police say they are making efforts to control snarls in the city. They say a large number of officials are being deployed at busy stretches during the rush hour to smoothen traffic.
“The Gurgaon police are making all efforts to smoothen the traffic in the city. The police has made sure that there is heavy deployment of personnel around major stretches so that choke points are not created,” a traffic police official said.