Yet another experiment initiated by the Gurgaon traffic police to decongest traffic at the busy Signature Tower crossing on Monday fell flat within 50 minutes, causing a large number of vehicles to pile up.
Finding it difficult to manage the flow of vehicles, the police personnel reverted to the earlier system and removed barricades, which had been set up for cars to negotiate a compulsory U-turn.
Though the traffic diversion was supposed to be implemented from 7am to 9 am, the heavy jam forced the police to terminate the much-hyped drive at 7.50am.
As per the diversion plan, vehicles coming from Jharsa or Sector 17 and heading towards Iffco Chowk or New Delhi had to take a compulsory left turn and then a U-turn in front of the Management Development Institute gate.
While the traffic coming from Rajeev Chowk and heading towards New Delhi had to negotiate a compulsory right turn and a U-turn in front of the Crown Plaza.
However, at 7.30am, the volume of traffic swelled on both sides of the crossing, making it difficult for the police to manage the vehicles. Many commuters also violated the traffic diversion, forcing the police to end the experiment run at 7.50am.
“We could not carry out the experiment due to the heavy volume of traffic coming from all sides. The situation became worse due to the shortage of police staff who was supposed to implement the experiment. Only 10-15 police personnel were conducting the experiment at one of the busiest crossings in the city. The number was insufficient,” said a traffic police official on the condition of anonymity.
The commuters, who were at the receiving end of all this, said the experiment was bound to fail due to poor planning and infrastructure.
The traffic police said the drive was an experiment to find out shortcomings in the plan. “We will conduct the experiment later once the roads are widened at the crossing,” said Ravinder Kumar Tomar, ACP (traffic), Gurgaon.
Meanwhile, the Haryana government ordered the transfer of DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora. She has and was shifted to neighbouring district of Rewari as superintendent of police (SP). Now, Rajshree, superintendent of police from Mahendergarh, would replace her.