Udyog Vihar is home to nearly 2,000 industrial units, and offices multinational companies. Congestion at the service road connecting it to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway has earned disrepute for not just the industrial estate but also the city.
Asim Takiyar, a Right to Information activist and also the owner of Jintak Engineers Ltd in Udyog Vihar, said, “The key issue is that Udyog Vihar has no proper entry point except the intersection at Shankar Chowk and this is also the reason why the latter gets clogged during peak hours.”
One can enter Udyog Vihar via Shyam Chowk and Atlas Chowk, but the route is long as it includes negotiating Iffco Chowk and the Sector-17 service lanes, which themselves get choked during peak hours.
“The traffic situation deteriorates from Shiva Murti and the pressure is reflected at the Sirhaul toll plaza. The feeder roads are narrow and the chowk remains chock-a-block from 7 in the morning to 10 at night,” added Takiyar.
It is equally problematic for Gurgaon residents who want to go to Ambience Mall. We first have to negotiate the dangerous U-turn near the Sirhaul toll and then cross the traffic coming from the Delhi side to go towards the mall,” said TN Kaul, an Ardee City resident.
Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti, a conglomerate of over 60 residents’ welfare associations fighting for the removal of the toll plazas from Gurgaon, had identified Shankar Chowk as one of the major traffic bottlenecks, along with Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower, Rana Pratap or MDI Chowk, and Atul Kataria Chowk.
It had suggested that flyovers be provided in these areas to ease vehicular movement.
The concessionaire firm said that it had created the 8-lane Udyog Vihar toll plaza to ease the traffic pressure, and lamented that people could not use the toll as the access lanes to it were too narrow.
However, regulars at Udyog Vihar say that the extra lanes are useless. Omi Wadhwa of Swift Corporation said, “The extra lanes that have been added while on the way out of Udyog Vihar have not helped. Every lane except one remains closed.”