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Free ride fails to end traffic trauma

india Updated: Sep 07, 2012 01:34 IST
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Even as the initial euphoria over the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordering toll-free passage on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway till September 20 settles down, it seems that the problem of traffic snarls is far from over.

Even though the toll plaza has got decongested, major intersections before and after it face the brunt of the heavy traffic volume. The situation worsens during morning and evening rush hours due to sudden flow of traffic, mainly comprising office-goers.

Over the last two days, the Delhi stretch near Daula Kuan and adjoining areas was chock-a-block in the evening, while Gurgaon witnessed major jams during the morning as a result of no stoppage at the toll plaza and free flow of traffic.

Some commuters rued that travel time between Delhi and Gurgaon has infact increased following toll-free movement since Wednesday.

Traffic, however, breezed past at the Delhi-Gurgaon border toll plaza through the day and was a welcome relief.

The main trouble spot in Gurgaon is the diversion leading to Ambience Mall where free-flowing traffic suddenly comes to a halt. The diversion is around 100 metres away from the toll plaza and is used by motorists visiting the mall and an adjoining five-star hotel.

Many commuters also use this route and take a left turn from Shankar Chowk to go to the office and commercial hub of DLF Cyber city.

The situation gets chaotic as motorists coming from Udyog Vihar and Iffco Chowk also take a u-turn and then dangerously edge their way to reach the service lane on the opposite road amidst high-speed traffic approaching from toll plaza.

There is no underpass or loop here which is a major threat for commuters.

The ongoing construction of Rapid Metro at Shankar Chowk diversion also slows down traffic and vehicles are forced to take a detour around DLF Cyber City instead of going straight towards Iffco Chowk.

The traffic police department told HT that from Friday, two middle lanes on either side of the toll plaza will be blocked for vehicles and those wanting to take a u-turn and reach the service lane towards Ambience Mall.

Meanwhile, a truck broke down at the Signature Tower flyover, adding to the chaos. A spokesperson of Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd, said, “Our team reached the spot but the hydra crane could not lift the truck as it was overloaded. Safety cones were placed and the carriageway was cordoned off. We got a mechanic and the truck moved out around 10.45am. The breakdown was attended to speedily and it did not affect traffic flow.”

With inputs from Parveen Kumar