Gurgaon: Heavy rush at CNG stations leads to snarls across city
CNG will cost Rs 3 more per kg from Thursday 6am, many queue up on Wednesday night to avoid paying moregurgaon Updated: Oct 05, 2017 21:28 IST
Following the announcement that the price of CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel would increase by Rs3 per kilogram from 6am on Thursday, vehicle owners lined up at fuel stations across the city from Wednesday night, leading to snarls till Thursday morning.
Among the worst affected areas, due to the lines, were Sohna Road, DLF Phase-5, Sector 43 and areas surrounding the Huda City Centre Metro station, where CNG fuel stations are set up.
The Haryana City Gas Distribution Limited (HCGDL) had made the announcement on price rise on Wednesday.
The lines of vehicles extended up to the main carriageways and led to decrease in width of road available for commuters. In some places, multiple lines were also witnessed.
“I took out my vehicle to pick up my nephew from Heritage City. I barely reached the gate of the condominium when I saw the traffic mess outside. I quickly turned around and asked my nephew to take the metro,” Aniket Kapoor, a resident of Westend Heights said.
On Wednesday night, following complaints about the mess on the service lane of Sector 43 where a fuel station is located, traffic police had to direct traffic movement and also check that those coming to the fuel station lined up in an orderly fashion.
“Until traffic police officers arrived at the spot, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic. There was only one lane available for traffic to head towards the metro station and the congestion was unbearable,” Rajkumar Sahoo, a resident of Sector 44, said.
With a large number of autorickshaws and cabs also making a last minute dash towards the CNG fuel stations before the price surge, many residents said they struggled to reach their destinations on Thursday morning and had to rely on alternate public transport modes that were either expensive or time-consuming.
“As soon as we received complaints of snarls near CNG fuel stations, officers were sent to the spot for streamlining traffic movement. The matter was resolved at the earliest,” a Gurgaon police officer said.
“Usually, there are at least two autorickshaws parked outside my society, at any given time. Today morning, there was not even one autorickshaw. I tried to book a cab and was only successful after multiple attempts. Afterwards, my cab driver told about the CNG price situation that was leading to the snarls,” Kavita Trehan, a resident of Sector 56, said.
Incidentally, last month, deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh had directed authorities, in a road safety meeting, to ensure that queues at CNG fuel stations are properly maintained as it is leading to jams.