In an effort to ease traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and the Gurgaon-Jaipur highway during the monsoon, the city police commissioner on Tuesday called a high-level meeting to discuss issues such as broken stretches and narrow service lanes.
The commissioner of police, Alok Mittal, instructed the concessionaires of the two speedways — the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL) and the Pink City Expressway Ltd — to revamp work on the broken roads following the recent heavy rains.
Apart from Huda administrator Parveen Kumar, the meeting was attended by NHAI project director AK Sharma, officials of the MCG and representatives of the concessionaire firms.
“We discussed numerous important issues regarding traffic management during the monsoon. On top of our agenda was the broken service lanes along the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway,” said Mittal.
The commissioner is said to have pulled up the concessionaires over maintenance of service lanes.
“I have told DGSCL that it has to repair the service roads, which are in a bad state, as soon as water recedes after every spell of rain. The potholes need to be fixed in a time-bound fashion,” added Mittal.
It was also decided at the meeting that two new booths would be made functional at the Sirhaul toll plaza within the next 15 days as there are only seven as against nine booths for commuters from Jaipur, leading to commotion.
Regarding waterlogging at Hero Honda Chowk, the Huda administrator informed the meeting that a proposal to lay down 850-metre-long drain at a cost of R75 lakh had been sent to the NHAI.
“The work would be completed within a fortnight of the approval,” said Kumar.
The police commissioner also sought better security arrangement at Sirhaul and Kherki Daula toll booths. He directed ACP (traffic) Narender Tomar to see that high resolution CCTV cameras were installed at the two plazas, powerful enough to clearly record the registration numbers and faces of drivers.
The commissioner also directed NHAI and DGSCL to provide power back-up to traffic lights along the lanes servicing NH-8. “If the civic authorities do their jobs satisfactorily, the police are spared of a lot of trouble. Traffic problems are not just police issues, they are equally civic in nature,” said Mittal.