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Gurgaon roads jammed ahead of Diwali

While the traffic flow was better on major roads such as the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, there were spells of jams due to the rush.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 17, 2017 22:29 IST
Kartik Kumar
Traffic jam at Sector 10A Chowk.
Traffic jam at Sector 10A Chowk.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Despite making advance arrangements, Gurgaon’s traffic woes ahead of Diwali continue to be a seasonal problem. Arterial roads were clogged on Tuesday and the situation is only expected to worsen on Wednesday.

While the traffic flow was better on major roads such as the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, there were spells of jams due to the rush.

Witnessing the heavy traffic, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) also carried out anti-encroachment drives on MG Road and South City-2 road after receiving complaints from commuters.

Those travelling regularly on Golf Course Road, DLF Phases 1-5, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Sadar Bazaar, Masjid Road and Sohna, said that jams have become frequent over the last week and advised those who plan to use these roads to leave for their destination an hour earlier.

In the interim, commuters are bracing for snarls and are constantly tuned into their smartphones or radio for live traffic updates.

“The rush during Diwali is common and aside from following live traffic updates to avoid certain stretches, there is little anyone else can do. I get stuck in snarls on the Galleria Road for nearly 30 minutes every day, for the last five days. I have prepared myself to use my clutch and brake extensively,” Dinesh Gupta, a resident of DLF Phase 4, said.

Traffic police had made advance arrangements to tackle the ongoing crisis such as posting personnel at key junctions, checking traffic violations and roping in the police to help them regulate traffic.

Traffic police officers had earlier conceded that the city roads aren’t equipped to handle the heavy volume of vehicles and aside from minimising snarls and ensuring traffic norms are followed, there is little else they can do.

“Traffic police officers have been kept on alert and are on round-the-clock duty to cope with the situation. In addition, 25 women constables have also been deployed at key junctions,” Ravinder Kumar of Gurgaon police said.