In an attempt to tame unruly autorickshaws and inter-state buses ferrying passengers on the expressway and busy intersections, the Gurgaon traffic police has placed makeshift barricades to discipline such vehicles.
The police have made it mandatory for such commercial vehicles to pick and drop passengers within the area demarcated with ropes and bright orange cones. The new rule was implemented last Thursday.
"We have placed the cones and ropes along a 22-feet stretch of Rajeev Chowk to make traffic movement smooth. This is one of the busiest crossings in Gurgaon. Such cones have also been placed at other busy intersections and on the expressway. We have instructed autorickshaws and other public transport drivers to stop for passengers here. Even commuters have been advised to stay within the marked area to avoid any obstruction in free-flowing traffic," a senior traffic official said.
After reserving one lane, three lanes will be free for use by other vehicles.
The move comes as a relief for residents who depend on public transport.
It gives them a safe area to wait for transport amid heavy traffic during rush hours.
"The traffic police have taken a good step by providing us a safer spot to wait for buses. This will certainly improve road safety in the city," said Sanjeev Pal, a daily commuter.