Gurgaon: New traffic diversions to ease congestion at Shankar Chowk

  • Isha Sahni, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 13:07 IST
Traffic at Shankar Chowk in the evening (Parveen Kumar/HT photo)

The city traffic police will soon introduce more diversions on the heavily-choked Shankar Chowk in Gurgaon to decongest the stretch.

The police will start the first set of trials on Saturday where it plans to divert traffic on way to Cyber City and DLF Phase 3 via an underpass that was opened in 2014. The underpass was constructed opposite the Gateway Tower on Cyber City to decongest traffic.

Though the underpass was opened in 2014, there is no signage or board to let people know where it leads to because of which it is rarely used by commuters. One of the plans that have been formulated includes diverting traffic towards DLF Phase 3 via the same underpass.

“There is an underpass around Shankar Chowk but because there is no signage, not many are aware of where it opens. If the underpass is used to streamline traffic and unclog the area, it will help in reducing travel time,” said Rashmi Sharma, a daily commuter.

Located on the Gurgaon Expressway near Cyber City, Shankar Chowk witnesses major traffic snarls during peak hours. The stretch connects National Highway (NH-8) to the Old Delhi Road through Udyog Vihar and Sikanderpur Metro station through DLF Cyber City. The travel time on the stretch increases by at least half an hour during peak hours. Udyog Vihar has several big corporate offices on both sides.

“It is impossible to reach home on time if you get stuck at the stretch between 5 and 7 pm. The road is completely jammed. It can take as much as an hour to just cross this stretch,’ said Akshay Yadav, another daily commuter.

The city traffic police plans to decongest the stretch by developing plans to open more diversions under the flyover for the commuters using the road. The police also plan to inform commuters about the underpass, which opens directly in Cyber City.

According to police officials, if the underpass is used, it will cut the travel time for commuters by manifolds. Several other plans will also be put to trial after which the police will check the feasibility of each one of them. The most successful plan will then be implemented to decongest the Shankar Chowk.

“We have formulated several different plans to open more diversions. The main aim of the traffic police is to make the stretch snarl free and reduce traveling time. The trials start on Saturday,” said Hansraj, traffic inspector.

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