Following Hindustan Times’ Unclog Gurgaon campaign, traffic police have started experimenting with diversions to reduce congestion on Shankar Chowk Road that connects Old Delhi Road to NH-8.
Heavy vehicles are being diverted near the Country Inn hotel and are not allowed to park along the road.
Also, extended U-turns are being made along the road so that vehicles on the left do not take a sharp right, obstructing oncoming traffic.
Traf fic police have also written to the Haryana State Infrastructure and Industries Development Cor poration (HSIIDC), the agency responsible for maintaining this road, to construct a median on the stretch.
In the meantime, police have asked HSIIDC to provide cones and ropes for creating an artificial median.
“Last week, we installed cones and made a median with the help of road safety officers. This gave us good results and the traffic management was much easier. Having a permanent median on this road would really help,” said Ashok Bakshi, ACP (west), Gurgaon.
Sandwiched between two heavily congested stretches, the Shankar Chowk Road sees huge traffic during peak hours. It passes through Udyog Vihar and has several cor porate offices located along it where thousands of employees come to work every day.
This four- laned stretch is congestion-free for most parts of the day. However, during the morning and evening rush hour, the traffic on the adjoining roads spill over to Shankar Chowk Road thereby choking this road.
According to road safety officers, since the traffic volume is high and the road is not very wide, even if a vehicle stops for a few minutes, the road is blocked. If the waiting time increases, the speed of clearance of traffic also slows down.
“Besides, if vehicles try to take a right turn from the opposite side of the road, there is a blockage. This is because the incoming traffic on the right side is stopped and the cars tend to pile up. It happens quite a lot as there are several cuts on this stretch on both sides leading to Udyog Vihar,” said Neeraj Diwan, road safety officer.
The traffic police and road safety officers have allowed an extended U- tur n about 200 metres after the Oberoi hotel, so that people don’t take an abrupt right and stop traffic flow.
A similar step is being taken near Udyog Vihar phase-2.
Traffic cones have also been placed at Shankar Chowk so that traffic does not merge. Due to this, vehicles turning towards this road will come towards the left much before the cut and the rest will continue along the expressway service lane.