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Stakeholders take stock of expressway facilities

gurgaon Updated: Nov 21, 2012 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent

More than a hundred lights on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway do not function and the power back-up system is also not effective. Senior police officials made this observation during a visit to the expressway.

Officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Haryana Urban Development Authorities (Huda), expressway concessionaire Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) and the Gurgaon police visited the Delhi-border toll plaza on Tuesday morning, when a new U-turn under the Shankar Chowk flyover was thrown open.

Other measures proposed for decongesting the toll plaza include widening of two-wheeler lane, opening of a VIP lane on each side and widening of the Rajiv Chowk U-turn.

On Tuesday, DCP (East) Maheshwar Dayal, Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, and senior officials of NHAI and DGSCL inspected Sirhaul Toll Plaza at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, a major traffic bottleneck on the expressway.

On Monday, a meeting was held at the office of the Gurgaon police commissioner KK Sindhu to discuss ways and means for decongesting the toll plazas, several intersections and service roads along the 27-km expressway.

"We have got inputs that a total of 115 lights on the expressway do not function most of the times between Delhi border and Khedki Daula toll plaza. We asked the NHAI and DGSL officials to either repair the lights or replace them," said DCP (East) Maheshwar Dayal.

According to the traffic police, the power back-up system for these lights is not effective.

"The power back-up system for these lights is not effective and most of the times they are short of fuel and the generators are not fully operational," said ACP (Traffic) Ravinder Tomar.

A DGSCL official, however, said that the lighting system is regularly inspected and there was adequate fuel available for the generator sets. If at all, there were any breakdowns, a recheck would be done.

The new U-Turn under the Shankar Chowk flyover is expected to help commuters travelling from sectors 17, 18 and Udhyog Vihar. "Now, they can avoid the toll plaza u-turn," said DCP (East).

HUDA administrator Praveen kumar asked the NHAI officials to widen the road near Sirhaul toll plaza, which can be used by two-wheelers coming from Delhi.

Traffic police officials demanded a VIP lane on both sides to remain open for the emergency and VIP commuters. The discussion amongst the officials of HUDA, DGSL and NHAI went on for about three hours on Tuesday.

The officials also raised concern about uncovered drainage all along the expressway.

The traffic police said that there were always chances of pedestrians slipping into the drain.

The DGSCL officials were asked to cover the drain.