Diversion toward CyberHub, New Delhi to be closed from Monday
This opening had become a congestion point with traffic from both sides converging, as commuters in an attempt to cross over to the other stretch often came head-to-headgurgaon Updated: Feb 09, 2018 22:29 IST
Beginning Monday, a critical diversion in Cyber City, giving commuters headed from the Sikanderpur underpass to head towards either New Delhi or CyberHub, will be blocked off by authorities owing to snarls caused by the convergence of vehicles at the spot.
The diversion was a chance for commuters to correct their route, if they had inadvertently taken the wrong turn at the first crossing. The move is likely to lengthen the journeys of those unaware of the change or unfamiliar to the city.
After commuters emerge from the Sikanderpur underpass, they reach a fork, where the first junction on the right leads to New Delhi and the subsequent junction towards CyberHub.
With the two stretches running parallel to each other, they are divided by medians aside from a small stretch which allows commuters to change their lane and head towards their desired directions, ie, CyberHub or New Delhi.
However, this opening had become a congestion point with traffic from both sides converging, as commuters in an attempt to cross over to the other stretch often came head-to-head.
Hence, it is learnt that officials decided to cordon off the stretch altogether and streamline traffic movement.
“The gap was causing snarls and since commuters are now accustomed to the directions, the changes have been initiated,” ACP (traffic) Hira Singh said.
DLF officials refused comment on the matter.
With the option of switching over to the other stretch gone from Monday, those who are headed towards New Delhi will have to circle around all of Cyber City to return to the diversion and pick the correct route, while those who are heading towards CybeHub will have to take a U-turn from the highway and travel through an underpass to arrive at the correct road.
Residents had mixed views on the development.
“I am glad authorities are cordoning off the gap between the two stretches as it was leading to snarls. Regular commuters have enough time to get themselves familiarised with the directions and, hence, the new change shall cause little problem,” Jagdeep Singh, a resident of DLF-5, said.
Some residents felt that the gap was a requirement as the diversion for reaching back to the original route was far too long.
“If a person headed towards CyberHub misses the correct turn, he or she will have to travel an extra six kilometres, which can take 20-25 minutes during peak hour traffic. Hence, it is important that authorities leave the gap,” Gautam Saxena, a resident of DLF Phase-2, said.