Traffic restrictions in the national Capital ahead of the Independence Day triggered a massive snarl on the Gurgaon Expressway on Monday.
The Delhi police had prohibited entry of inter-state trucks as part of the safety drill till 8am. As a result, commuters were stuck in massive jams on both sides of the expressway.
Several students studying in Delhi schools missed their classes and office-goers reported late to work.
It was only after the Haryana Police intervened and lifted the boom barriers that the trucks crossed the toll plaza and vehicles started to move.
Traffic movement was restored around 10am. According to the expressway operator, Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the Delhi police started intercepting inter-state trucks coming from Jaipur Sunday night onwards.
The police forced the expressway firm to down the boom barriers for trucks that were stopped before the toll plaza resulting in a major pile-up in Gurgaon.
The trucks that crossed the toll plaza were either parked along the expressway or made to take a u-turn and return to Gurgaon.
“The Gurgaon police swung into action around 8am and allowed trucks to enter Delhi. The situation worsened as vehicular traffic from Gurgaon started pouring in. Office cars, cabs and school buses got stuck. A queue of vehicles was seen from Shankar Chowk flyover to Ambience Mall,” said a DGSCL official.
Akhilesh Sharma, an executive with a private firm in Rajendra Place in Delhi, said hundreds of Delhi-bound vehicles were stuck in the morning jam at the toll plaza. “It was a complete mess on Monday as trucks piled up all along the expressway throwing traffic out of gear,” he said.