Traffic congestion at Signature Chowk (Exit No. 7) on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway has significantly reduced after barricades set up for construction projects were removed. The area has been freed after the road-widening project by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the pipeline project by Haryana urban development authority (Huda) are nearing completion.
Snarls had become a regular occurrence at the chowk as the road width was severely compromised and limited lanes were available for traffic movement.
In addition, the construction of underpasses near the service lane of NH-8 (exit no.7) for traffic from New Delhi towards Signature Towers and the lane near an arterial road opposite Crowne Plaza Hotel had compounded traffic problems.
Commuters taking exit no.7 were stuck in congestion that stretched beyond Iffco Chowk during peak hours due to the limited road space and heavy traffic. It took commuters over 20 minutes to cross the stretch.
However, a large number of barricades were removed by NHAI recently, widening the service lane from two lanes to four, after a construction phase of the road widening and underpass project was completed.
The left curve on the service lane for vehicles to enter the road leading towards Huda City Centre metro station has also been freed. Due to the barricades, vehicles could not take the road and had to take a left turn from a traffic signal located 50 metres ahead. The waiting time at the traffic signal added to the traffic gridlock.
Similarly, on the road leading from South City 2 to Signature Towers, Huda’s construction of sewer pipelines has been completed on one lane. The resulting additional road space has eased traffic going towards New Delhi and Atul Kataria Chowk.
These developments have saved more than 10 minutes of travel time for daily commuters.
“My office is located at Signature Towers and I take exit no. 7 to reach my destination. The recent construction works on the exit had narrowed road space and I would often get stuck in snarls for 20-30 minutes. With the exit reopening, crossing the stretch takes two minutes and has decreased my travel time significantly,” said Saurabh Kukreja, of Vasant Vihar in New Delhi.