Minor mishaps, scuffles and the ongoing construction work made driving on both sides of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway a harrowing experience on Thursday.
It took commuters nearly an hour to reach Rajiv Chowk from Sirhaul toll plaza and vice versa during morning hours.
The same journey during non-peak hours takes all of fifteen minutes.
According to NHAI officials, construction work being carried out at Iffco Chowk service lane (exit number 6) stalled traffic and gave good grief to motorists and commuters on the day.
Many construction workers were deployed at the site. Four earthmovers were seen dispersing cement, mud and construction materials. Owing to the sheer volume and extent of work, the service lane was reduced to a single lane from two. The narrow space prevented vehicles from exiting the spot and such was the chaotic assembly of vehicles that the gridlock extended till Shankar Chowk.
On the stretch from Gurgaon towards New Delhi, minor accidents and repairing of a foot over bridge near sector 17 led to a long line of grounded vehicles.
A truck and car were involved in a minor mishap near Signature Tower Chowk on NH - 8 and it resulted in a lengthy traffic snarl.
The accident took place around 10 am.
“The accident was minor, but several motorists pulled over to watch the scuffle that ensued between the drivers of the vehicles that were involved in the mishap. This led to several vehicles getting grounded at the scene. Normal traffic flow was restored only after the officials arrived at the spot,” a spokesperson for Gurgaon traffic police said.
The foot-over bridge on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, which is used by the residents of Sector 17 for the commute to a nearby cemetery, was closed for repairs on the day.
A crane and several construction workers hindered the movement of traffic and prevented one lane from being accessible to vehicles heading towards New Delhi. This led to a chaotic assembly of traffic near Iffco Chowk.
“I left office for a meeting in central Delhi (Malcha Marg) at 11 am and had expected to reach by noon. However, due to the repair work (on the foot over bridge) and the minor accident, I was delayed and arrived at 1.30 pm,” Anuj Dayal, a resident of New Delhi who works in Sector 24, said.