Traffic congestion and Gurgaon seems to be synonymous with each other. While on the one hand the authorities concerned are planning to install state-of-the-art traffic lights to streamline the vehicular movement, on the other hand there is no one to keep a check on the existing lights.
The proposed traffic signals can gauge the length of vehicle queues and automatically switch to green while as in the conventional types, the timings are set manually by the traffic police.
But residents are apprehensive about the move. They wonder how the news ones will function smoothly when the traffic police can't even maintain the present ones properly.
Huda city Metro station roundabout has already been demolished and work for installation of new light is on. Residents feel that before installing new lights the administration should take care of the existing lights.
"The condition of most of the traffic lights is bad. Most of the lights do not work especially during peak hours and one can imagine the situation of road at that time," said Jaindev Singh, a resident of Sector 40.
Another resident Bharat Raman said, "some of the lights are not even visible as roadside trees have fallen over the."
Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic) said, "I know traffic lights are not functioning properly. We regularly write to the officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials and the municipal corporation, but in vain."
Admitting the problem, Huda administrator, Nitin Yadav, said, "Though we have installed over 25 traffic lights with timer to ease traffic problems in the city, power failure is our headache. Once we are able to connect them to a system which could provide 24 hour power back-up things would certainly improve."