Inter-state vehicles moving on National Highway-8 can no longer look forward to a smooth ride through Gurgaon as the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway — the high-speed portion of the highway — is dotted with too many entry and exit points.
The standard specification says that the minimum distance between two entry/exit points should be at least 1.02km, but on the expressway there are four extra entry/exit points within a kilometre or so.
While there should be less than 27 entry and exit points on the 27.7-km-long expressway, there are 43 (21 entry and 22 exit) allowing local traffic to merge with the main carriageway traffic.
“The Delhi-Gurgaon expressway has 43 entry/exit points and the numbers and location of these are as per the design approved by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The excess entry/exit points have affected the long-distance traffic flow, but we cannot say much as we did not have any say in the design approved by the highways authority,” said a spokesperson of Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the expressway concessionaire.
But the NHAI begs to differ.
“As per the contract, the concessionaire was supposed to close/modify the entry and exit at four points. The closure was suggested by an expert appointed by the Union road transport and highways ministry,” said a senior NHAI official.
As the traffic volume on the main carriageway increases each day, a car takes about half an hour to cross the two toll plazas on the way to Jaipur from Delhi.
“It should ideally take 12 to 15 minutes. This is wastage of time and the local traffic should be separated from the carriageway traffic,” said KK Thakur, a Dwarka resident who commutes daily to Bawal.
The worst-hit is the stretch between Sirhaul toll plaza and Iffco Chowk with Ambience Mall and DLF Cyber City on the right, and Udyog Vihar on the left (while moving in the Delhi-Gurgaon direction).
“The traffic bottlenecks between Sirhaul and Iffco Chowk especially during rush hours is mainly because local vehicles of Udyog Vihar and Cyber City merge near that stretch,” said RN Malik, retired chief engineer of Haryana Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation.