Police conducted a trial run for the reserved lane on the Expressway ahead of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. However, traffic mismanagement led to long jams. The worst affected were officegoers from Delhi and also school children who couldn’t reach school on time.
Gurgaon Police will conduct more such trial runs before the Games. Traffic police said commuters will have to bear with the trouble.
"I have come from Delhi and am stuck in the jam for the past four hours. I have a patient with me but we don’t know when we will we reach the hospital," said Delhi-based Kishore Kumar.
"I have been travelling to Gurgaon for the past four years from Dwarka but this is the worst jam I have ever seen. From the Toll Plaza to Signature Tower, which is hardly a 10-minute drive, we took 90 minutes," Surendra Singh, an MNC employee, said.
When the trial started, traffic was stopped at Shankar Chowk and IFFCO Chowk and at the toll gate. Commuters were not allowed to enter Gurgaon. Every road leading to the lane used by Games delegates was closed and when it was opened, the situation went out of control.
The trial run started from the toll gate with a fleet of vehicle at 8.45 a.m. Senior officials were able to reach to Kadarpur Village, where the shooting event is scheduled to be held, in 45 minutes. But HT completed it in 90 minutes.