A team of police, highway and civic officials conducted a survey of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Wednesday and suggested a number of steps to decongest the highway. Though short term, these measures could minimise the sufferings of commuters till the three proposed underpass projects are completed on the highway.
Led by local MLA Umesh Agarwal, the team proposed that the service lane at Rajiv Chowk towards Delhi should be widened, a direct entry should be created for traffic from Sector 15 and Iffco Chowk be widened near a petrol pump.
The team comprising joint commissioner of police (traffic) Y Puran Kumar, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director Ashok Sharma, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) joint commissioner Vivek Kalia, highway concessionaire MCEPL CEO S Raghuraman and other officials from civic agencies started the survey from Rajiv Chowk. The team stopped on the left side towards Delhi, and observed the pattern of traffic near the entry point.
“We asked the NHAI to convert this road to four lanes as there is heavy traffic from all sides using this entry. Vehicles from Sohna Road, Medicity, and Old Gurgaon also use this entry, leading to jams,” Agarwal said.
The team then stopped at Milestone 32 opposite Sector 15, where it was proposed that a direct entry to the highway be created.
At Signature Tower crossing, the team proposed that a slip road be constructed adjacent to the MDI Chowk. The NHAI officials, however, contended that a major underpass is planned at Signature Tower, and a proposal of this nature needed to be included in that plan.
A green belt under the forest department is also a major hindrance in building this slip road.
At Iffco Chowk, the team proposed widening of a service lane towards Delhi so that vehicles can be given more space. MCG officials were also asked to explore the possibility of building a large parking on the green belt along Udyog Vihar without cutting trees.
Referring to the survey and proposed measures, Agarwal said decongesting the expressway is crucial for the city’s survival as a business destination. “I will keep pursuing this agenda till things improve,” he said.
Meanwhile, joint commissioner of police Y Puran Kumar, who heads the traffic wing, said a combination of steps that include engineering and enforcement will be taken to resolve various issues.
Highway officials, however, said that expansion of roads, and other steps, can be taken only after land is made available to them by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the MCG. They also asked for early clearance of permissions with regard to cutting trees. “We need additional land for widening the entry and exits. As soon as it is given, the expansion will be done,” Ashok Sharma, NHAI, project director, said.