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Gurgaon: popular destination or traffic nightmare?

gurgaon Updated: Sep 25, 2013 01:50 IST

Home to several posh residential complexes and a favourite among pub hoppers, Golf Course Road is a popular destination in Gurgaon. Still, the stretch has been neglected when it comes to traffic-related issues.

The nearly seven-km road connects Sector 56 with Bristol Chowk through three key roundabouts in Gurgaon. These intersections not only connect the city to the Capital and the neighbouring town of Faridabad, but also act as a link to Iffco Chowk, the corporate hub of Cybercity and showrooms of luxury car brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche.

The traffic snarls at these roundabouts, which witness a virtual standstill during peak hours, continue well into the night owing to the increase in the number of pubs and bars in the area.

“The evening traffic is worse. I take at least an hour to reach home if I travel in the evening. Delivery services during business hours have become difficult too,” said Rajpal Yadav, owner of Asian Bistro near Golf Course Road.

On the other hand, residents of key neighbourhoods near Golf Course Road say that the road has not been planned well. On top of that, commuters take advantage of unmanned traffic posts and openly flout rules. “Taking a turn at the roundabouts is difficult because they are unmanned and traffic rules are not followed,” said Col Yashpal Yadav, a resident of Sector 56.

Daily commuters from Delhi say that their travel time has increased by at least 25% due to traffic snarls posed by ongoing repair work on the arterial road.

“I commute from Dwarka and use Golf Course Road to reach my destination. Navigating from Golf Course Road to MG Road is quite a challenge. I miss an appointment at least once a week due to the traffic situation,” said Dr Anil Bhanot, chief of spine surgery, Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon.

Meanwhile, Golf Course Road is the only road to have CCTV cameras installed at one key junction, which has improved response time during accidents, say residents.

“Prompt action is taken during emergencies as a rescue team has been deployed by DLF which responds within three to four minutes, apart from help from the guards on duty,” said Yadav.

Speaking about the elimination of the key traffic bottlenecks on the road, joint commissioner of police (traffic), Bharti Arora, said that a slip road was being planned from Sector 42 to Bristol Chowk to ease the acute traffic congestion.

She added that the traffic police deployment needs to be improved on the road. DLF authorities say that upgradation work on the road will ensure that the 16-lane road improves traffic movement.

“The road will have 16 lanes and a width of 78 meters on either side. The diversion of utilities has made way to wider roads, ensuring smooth traffic movement,” said a DLF spokesperson.

The spokesperson said that the underpasses planned for the road will further ease congestion. “The road will be signal-free and the commuting time on Golf Course Road will be reduced to seven minutes.

The present bottlenecks will be eliminated by underpasses,” he added.