The traffic mystery just got demystified. Lack of space for widening roads, encroachment on footpaths and construction work are the main reasons for frequent snarls in Gurgaon, according to a traffic police survey. The study has revealed that civic bodies are not doing their work properly which often holds up traffic.
“While carrying out development works, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) don’t follow the guidelines. The construction material is often left on the roadside, hampering traffic movement. In most cases, the traffic police is not even consulted for important decisions like diversions,” said a senior traffic police official requesting anonymity.
According to the traffic department, there is enough space for widening roads in New Gurgaon, but the old part of the city will continue to face jams. “There is no space in Old Gurgaon to widen stretches and the number of vehicles has been increasing. Also, there are encroachments on almost every road,” he added.
Authorities said the solution to ease chaos in Old Gurgaon is making most roads one-way.
“Since we cannot widen the road, we need to make roads one-way. We are discussing the plan with the agencies concerned,” he further said.
The traffic police have also asked the MCG and HUDA to repair dividers and roads in New Gurgaon.
“In the east zone, bad condition of roads and unavailability of medians are the main bottlenecks,” the officer added. Acting on the survey results, the department has prepared a list of 64 points where civic bodies need to take action. “The list will be given to them to expedite work so that traffic can move smoothly,” he said.