Thousands of residents of Gurgaon’s first privately developed colony — Surya Vihar — located on the Old Delhi road near Kapashera border, are facing traffic woes due to encroachment outside their entry gate.
Despite writing to civic agencies for the last five years, the issue remains unaddressed. What makes the situation worse is that it takes more than 40 minutes for residents to just get in and out of the colony during peak hours.
The bustling area of the road that connects to the Delhi border, which is just 50 metres from the colony gate, comprises several markets and auto stands close to the industrial area. Both sides of the road are occupied by encroachers selling fruits, vegetables, clothes and household articles. Some have also extended their shops and display their items on the road to attract commuters and workers.
“The encroachments are rampant on the road and I often get stuck in a jam while going to my office in Udhyog Vihar. There are a large number of small shopkeepers who occupy the road and it becomes difficult to move,” said SK Kaushik, a resident.
Vendors rule the road in the absence of policemen and traffic signals to regulate the traffic. Snarls are a regular affair here. Despite several complaints, the Municipal Corporation Gurgaon (MCG) and police have not initiated measures to remove the encroachments, the residents alleged.
The colony is spread across 12 acres and has 550 apartments with nearly 2,000 residents. “Our colony was developed in the early 1980s, the first one in Gurgaon. We suffered through a lot of water and power issues and now the traffic congestion is another cause for distress,” said Sonu Yadav, RWA president.
With little space for commuting, there is chaos on the road every day. Residents are stuck for more than half an hour just to take a U-turn to reach their colony.
Earlier, there was a traffic signal near the U-turn but now it has been removed resulting in snarls. Not a single cop is deployed on the stretch to control the traffic.
The problem worsens on the 2km stretch from the Delhi border towards Palam Vihar. Here, there are different eateries and liquor vends. On the road passing through the market that is in itself narrow, the shopkeepers keep articles on both the sides of the road further reducing its width. Altercations are frequent between commuters and shopkeepers.
ACP(Crime) Hawa Singh said, “We will ensure that traffic cops are deployed on the stretch and will control the congestion.”
A senior MCG official said, “The enforcement wing of the MCG regularly conducts drives to remove encroachments in different parts of the city and challans offenders. The enforcement staff even seized articles such as tables, readymade garments, gas cylinders, crockery items and aluminum ladders, but they return once the shopkeeper pays the fine. We will take strict action against them now.”