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Living near expressway a bane, not boon

Our woes continue with the increasing traffic jams in the city and especially in areas like DLF where we invested our lifetime savings to live in peace and tranquillity 20 years ago. RP Singh writes.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2012 00:31 IST
RP Singh

Our woes continue with the increasing traffic jams in the city and especially in areas like DLF where we invested our lifetime savings to live in peace and tranquillity 20 years ago.

The traffic bottleneck starts bang in front of our house on roads in and around our localities and all this is mainly because of poor management and complete negligence on the part of the traffic police.

How disturbing traffic is for senior citizens can best be understood from the Sirhaul toll where the minimum waiting time is 25-30 minutes and we do not have a choice but to stay stuck in long queues as we await our turn.

This is our biggest nightmare and for us, it is more a bane than a boon to have a house close to the expressway and Delhi.

In recent years, the traffic problem has emerged as a serious threat in the city giving rise to road rage.

Not only NH-8, but also other roads such as MG Road, Old Delhi Road, Sohna Road and so on are badly affected by poor traffic management.

Now, it is time for the traffic police to wake up from their slumber and implement their best plans for traffic management so as to give the city the image of a real millennium city. We pride ourselves on staying in the so-called Millennium City but we cannot hide the terrible truth of the dysfunctional traffic system here.

We can recall meetings with senior police officials, deputy commissioners (DC) and administrators over the years, who assured us that they would improve traffic management. However, it seems impossible with the existing skeletal staff of traffic police personnel and ill-trained staff.

Unless, the district administration, including the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the district commissioner, all vow to come together and improve the traffic system, nothing will change and the Gurgaon traffic police would fail in their endeavour.

(The writer is the former ambassador to north Korea and a resident of DLF Phase III)