A 1.2km six-lane underpass between Cyber City and Bristol Chowk has been opened to public on a trial basis significantly reducing snarls on the Golf Course Road and Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
With its opening, the travel time from Golf Course Road and DLF Phases 1-2-3 to Cyber City and sectors 27 and 28 has reduced from 15-20 minutes to less than five minutes.
The underpass is one of the two structures being built on Golf Course Road by DLF and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda ) at a cost of over Rs 200 crore.
Another underpass — connecting Sikanderpur and Arjun Marg — is nearing completion and is expected to be opened by June, DLF officials said.
“The Sikanderpur underpass is now ready and open for a trial run. This stretch (Golf Course Road) has always seen heavy traffic, especially during the peak hours. The aim is to improve traffic conditions on this stretch and boost connectivity to other parts of Gurgaon. As the completion of the entire Golf Course Road draws closer, it will spell an end to traffic congestion and connectivity will improve exponentially,” spokesperson of DLF said.
“Distribution of traffic at Sikanderpur underpass and its side roads will allow the traffic to automatically ease out. We are confident of completing the entire project by June this year,” he said.
In the absence of an underpass at Sikanderpur, commuters from Golf Course Road or Cyber City had to take a diversion pf nearly 1.5km-4 km on MG Road to reach their destinations.
Those going from Golf Course road towards Cyber City (which has many corporate offices whose employees reside on Golf Course Road and Golf Course Extension Road) had to turn left at Bristol Chowk to get on to MG Road and take a U-turn 500 metres ahead.
Similarly, those going from Cyber City towards Golf Course Road had to turn left ahead of Belvedere Park onto MG Road and take a U-turn nearly 2km ahead, near Guru Dronacharya Metro station.
At both diversions, traffic heading towards New Delhi from MG Road merges with those opting to head towards Cyber City or Golf Course Road, leading to bottlenecks.
During peak hours, jams at both the U-turns created congestions all the way till the service lanes of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway at Iffco Chowk and Shankar Chowk, Sikanderpur flyover and the entry of Gurgaon-Faridabad Road from Golf Course road.