To avoid getting caught in jams at the Kherki Daula toll plaza and on the Gurgaon expressway, industrialists in Manesar and residents of nearby colonies have tweaked their travel timings. They say this helps them escape the snarls and chaos at the toll plaza and on the expressway during peak hours.
Aseem Takyar, who runs a factory in Manesar, said he either goes to his plant early morning or late evening.
“In the morning, I go around 7am and return by 11am. Or I go late in the evening and return at night. The traffic is comparatively less on the expressway during this time,” he said.
Some entrepreneurs say they use the Pataudi road to travel between Gurgaon and Manesar.
Ajay Gupta, a businessman who lives along the Sohna road in Gurgaon and has his office in Manesar, said he goes there only on weekends as traffic is thinner then.
“We need to improve our infrastructure and reduce red tape if we want to compete with China and other countries. If entrepreneurs are forced to wait in queues at the plaza every day, it will affect the business sentiment,” he said.
Residents of colonies in new sectors adjoining the expressway also prefer to avoid the peak hour rush. Locals said they prefer the Pataudi road.
Sanjiv Kumar, who recently shifted to Sector 89 along the Northern Peripheral Road (Dwarka Expressway), said he mostly uses the Pataudi road and not the Gurgaon Expressway.
For travelling to Manesar also, he prefers internal roads.
So serious are the problems faced by commuters at the Kherki Daula toll plaza that the state government plans to build an alternative road to bypass the toll plaza.
The road is to be built by Haryana State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC). It will pass through sectors 84/88, 85/89, 86/90, 87/91 in Gurgaon and will connect sectors 14/15, 7 and 8 in Manesar.
HSIIDC said the work on this road will start soon.