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Gurgaon: Stretch outside Artemis Hospital turns choke point

Residents of Sector 51 claim that a large number of visitors to the hospital do not want to park their vehicles at the paid parking facility of the hospital

gurgaon Updated: Jun 14, 2017 12:45 IST
Kartik Kumar
Commuters say visitors to Artemis hospital park their vehicles on the main road, thereby reducing the road width.
Commuters say visitors to Artemis hospital park their vehicles on the main road, thereby reducing the road width.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

An unnamed road in front of the Artemis Hospital in Sector 51 has become commuters’ bane, as it takes more than 10-15 minutes to clear the 500m stretch.

Motorists blame illegal parking on the main road, which has reduced the road width, for the snarls.

Residents of Sector 51 claim that a large number of visitors to the hospital do not want to park their vehicles at the paid parking facility of the hospital and instead prefer to leave their vehicles illegally on the main road.

For residents living in Shiv Shankar society, which shares its boundaries with the hospital, the congestion is worrying as they claim it delays people from getting medical aid immediately.

“It’s not uncommon to see ambulances stuck in traffic outside the hospital. Authorities need to find a solution as nobody’s time or money can be more valuable than someone’s life. A possible solution can be installing parking facilities in the service lane,” Anita Sahoo, a public relations official said.

Aside from Artemis Hospital, the road also leads commuters towards the Golf Course Road, Malibu Town, Nirvana Country, Golf Course Road and Wazirabad village.

For many, the traffic was leading to high levels of air pollution in their locality.

“My kids were diagnosed with asthma at an early age and I try to limit their activities indoors as much as possible. The few times my children have gone for a walk or played in the nearby park, they have developed breathing difficulties owing to high levels of smoke emission from vehicles stranded in the congestion. I hope Gurgaon police officials take note of the issue and come up with a viable long-term solution,” Khushboo Nanda, a resident of Arzoo apartments, said.

A traffic police spokesperson said they have received several complaints from commuters and will act against traffic violators. He said cranes will be used to tow away vehicles parked illegally.

Artemis officials did not wish to comment on the matter.