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Cars, car-makers add to problem list

india Updated: May 20, 2013 01:49 IST
Charumathi Sanakaran

Located near the Maruti Suzuki factory and bordering Air Force One land off Old Delhi Road, Gurgaon One in Sector 22 sits on a prime spot indeed. This enviable location, however, has not spared the residents some long-standing civic problems.

Although quite content with their society and its developer, most of the issues bugging the residents of this gated community - housing 12 villas and 240 apartments in eight towers - are external in nature.

“There is a CNG filling station here that obstructs vehicular movement throughout the day and increases traffic,” says Saket Singh, secretary, Gurgaon One residents’ welfare association (RWA), adding, “If the road leading to the station is made one-way, it will provide relief to the neighbourhood.” The influx of traffic makes it impossible for senior citizens and children to even cross the road and commute safely.

“Because of the continuing traffic issues, the condominium residents want to know if there is a plan on redeveloping Old Delhi Road,” says JN Rekhi, estate manager, Gurgaon One.

The situation has worsened due to the truck trolleys making their way to the Maruti Udyog facility opposite the complex. About 350-400 large carrier trucks enter and exit the Gurgaon factory on a daily basis. “Maruti has no business in staying here. It must move out immediately. Their trolleys are compounding the traffic congestion,” says Singh.

The traffic police department officers said that in addition to regulating the timings for the entry and exit of the Maruti trucks, they had taken a huge number of truck owners/drivers to task for illegally parking their vehicles along Old Delhi Road.

The Maruti Suzuki officials, however, claimed that the trucks did not belong to them but to the contractors. “Till about six or seven years ago, Maruti was allowed to ply its vehicles throughout the day. But because of rising urbanisation and increase in the volume of vehicular traffic around our Gurgaon factory, the Gurgaon police has restricted the movement of our truck carriers to a few hours in the dark only. Only small-size trucks are allowed to ply between 11am and 3pm. We are operating under acute pressure and our dispatches are getting badly impacted,” RS Kalsi, the executive director of Maruti Suzuki India Limited told Hindustan Times.

Apart from the grouse that recent development in Gurgaon is lopsided and the focus is primarily on the newer part of Gurgaon housing the MNCs, the grudge that the residents harbour against the authorities is regarding the red-tapism they had to face for getting a no-objection certificate for their sewage tretment facility in spite of it being a zero-discharge one.