Gurgaon: Potholed, waterlogged Golf Course Road troubles commuters
Residents and commuters said the ongoing work for the DLF Phase-5 underpass is to blame for the present state of Golf Course Roadgurgaon Updated: Jul 04, 2017 23:14 IST
A potholed 500 m stretch on Golf Course Road, from DLF Camelias to Sector 53-54 metro station,has been rendered far worse following a few bursts of pre-monsoon showers over the last week. Such is the condition of the stretch that traffic often comes to a crawl and commuters take anywhere between 20 and 25 minutes to navigate during peak traffic hours.
Residents and commuters blamed the condition of the stretch to the ongoing work on an underpass project right next to it.
They said constant movement of heavy vehicles and machineries engaged in constructing the DLF Phase- 5 underpass has damaged the road’s surface.
The DLF 5 underpass is expected to open to commuters next month.
DLF officials, who have been assigned the underpass project, refused to comment in the matter.
Commuters claimed that while the stretch from Golf Course Road to Sikanderpur underpass mostly remains free of potholes and waterlogging, the opposite side presents a contrasting picture. They said the road has been literally rendered non-motorable since showers lashed the city last week.
The stretch throws traffic out of gear and leads to a chaotic convergence of vehicles jostling for space and trying to clear the stretch at a snail’s pace. Motorists, too, slow down on the stretch fearing damage to their vehicles.
Many commuters, who once took the stretch on a regular basis, have now switched to an alternative route that increases the distance they need to cover.
“Instead of travelling through the congestion (500m stretch), I take a left from DLF Phase-1 towards the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road that culminates into the Golf Course Extension Road, to reach home. Though it adds five kilometres to the distance that I need to cover, it saves me 20 minutes worth of travel time. Until the stretch (on Golf Course Road) is repaired, I will continue to opt for this route,” Nilesh Dayal, a resident of Nirvana Country, said.
Some commuters, who live close to the stretch, have altered their travel plans.
“Crossing the stretch during peak hours is a nightmare. Besides potholes, waterlogging has further reduced the road-width and made congestion a regular affair. My family and I avoid venturing out unless needed,” Aniket Singh, a resident of The Belaire, said.