Commuters in the Millennium City have never been a happy lot. Crumbling roads, non-functional traffic signals and shortage of traffic policemen ensure a bumpy ride in this so-called global city.
As the city lacks an reliable means of public transport, most residents are left with no choice but depend on private vehicles. This leads to congestion which in turn fuels the already high pollution level.
A recent survey conducted by Hindustan Times and market research firm C-fore reiterated this as traffic and road safety was listed at the fifth most important issue for residents. The survey revealed that nearly 72% residents complained of poor traffic and road safety measures.
While 54% respondents said that they feel unsafe when they are commuting on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, 87% felt Gurgaon doesn't have an adequate number of foot-over bridges/subways for pedestrians.
According to data provided by the city traffic police, several pedestrians have lost their lives crossing roads in the absence of such facilities.
The city police said that hundreds of lives could have been saved if basic facilities, such as FOBs, were put in place over the years.
In most of the cases, pedestrians lose their lives after being hit by speeding vehicles while crossing roads.
Residents also expressed concern over the absence of signboards on the roads.
About 77% respondents said Gurgaon does not have enough signboards to direct commuters and only 30% think the city has enough streets lights.
More importantly, 71% respondents feel the quality of the roads in Gurgaon is worse than earlier. More than 50% reported that roads in their locality and offices have not been repaired for more than one year.
Bad roads, traffic congestion, potholes, poor traffic management and increasing number of roads accidents have become synonymous with Gurgaon.
"We have resigned to our fate. It seems that none of the concerned officials are interested in making our lives easier," said Sandeep Kaul, a resident.