Crossing the busy Signature Tower Chowk in the Millennium City is no less than a Herculean task for commuters. A major traffic bottleneck, the waiting time at this intersection is at least 15 minutes and goes up to 25-30 minutes during peak hours.
While the district administration is planning infrastructure development like construction of flyovers and underpasses and road-widening projects, the stretch near Signature Tower is not in the scheme of things.
The traffic police claimed to have raised the issue with local civic bodies — Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) — to widen the roads and construct slip roads here. “We have asked Huda to remove faulty structures and unused drain covers,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic).
Heavy traffic volume is another major cause of jams but it can easily be managed through slip roads, the traffic police claimed.
“There is a need to construct an underpass here and this issue has been discussed in several meetings,” said the DCP.
Meanwhile, an HT team did a ground check on Saturday to observe the problems faced by commuters. Traffic mismanagement and long waiting time of 172-190 seconds on each traffic signal left the entire stretch chock-a-block.
It was also observed that the road connecting the railway station in Old Gurgaon and Huda City Centre Metro station in New Gurgaon had the maximum flow of traffic, which has also been affecting vehicular movement on the expressway.
“I was going to Huda Gymkhana Club from Delhi but I was stuck at this crossing for more than 10 minutes. The slip road is damaged and the waiting time is too long,” said a commuter.
Besides, traffic signals at Signature Tower often stop functioning and this is a major cause of chaos and inconvenience. “At times, the signals do not show the stoppage time,” said another harried commuter, adding that there is an urgent need to upgrade road infrastructure and build slip roads, a flyover and underpass at Signature Tower.