If you thought the traffic situation near the Huda City Centre Metro station roundabout was chaotic, brace for the worst in the coming months.
Commuters fear snarls will become the order of the day in Sector 29 and at the Park Plaza roundabout when a mall-cum-entertainment centre at the Huda City Centre Metro station and a Fortis Hospital branch become operational.
These two intersections are already known as problem areas and commuters prefer to avoid these routes, especially during peak hours. While the police department has been trying to work on various models to solve the traffic jam crisis, no plan has been implemented in true spirit.
"I get stuck at the Huda City Centre roundabout every day as this spot remains choc-a-bloc with vehicles. The movement of Metro commuters adds to the mess. Auto-rickshaws remain parked in the middle of the road," said Rohini Singh, an executive with a multi-national company.
Police officials, too, claimed they were aware of the present mess on this roundabout and had conducted a series of meetings with officials of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Haryana Urban Development authority (Huda) as well as an NGO.
One of the proposals included removal of the two roundabouts as well as traffic signals for free movement of vehicles.
"We have discussed various options such as constructing subways and pedestrian bridges with Huda. We asked the DMRC to allow more space for auto drivers to park their vehicles. We have also urged them to allow Metro commuters to use the underground parking lot as people often do not find space at the ground level," said Alok Mittal, joint commissioner of police.
On the other hand, DMRC officials claimed that despite meeting Huda and police officials, nothing had worked out to address the issue.