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Gurgaon: Golf Course Extension Road freed of encroachments

The Golf Course Extension Road serves as a link to up and coming sectors and is mostly congested in peak commuting hours

gurgaon Updated: Jul 23, 2017 23:31 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Huda officials and Gurgaon police carried out the anti-encroachment drive on Golf Course Extension Road on Saturday evening.
Huda officials and Gurgaon police carried out the anti-encroachment drive on Golf Course Extension Road on Saturday evening.(HT PHOTO)

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials along with the Gurgaon police carried out an anti-encroachment drive on Golf Course Extension Road on Saturday evening. The officials had received several complaints from residents that the road was encroached upon by shops, eateries and plant nurseries, leading to congestion during peak traffic hours.

The road is a link to the new developing sectors 57 to 71 and remains congested during rush hour. Snarls on Gold Course Extension Road often have a ripple effect and leads to congestion on the internal roads and Sohna Road, further compounding the woes of commuters.

HT had on July 3 reported about the encroachment on the stretch. Residents had said that in the absence of pavements pedestrians had to risk walking on the main road where vehicles ply at high speed.

The Huda had acquired 90 metres of land on both sides on the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR) and had developed a green belt to ensure that the space can be used to widen the roads. But nurseries, eateries and vegetable shops starting mushrooming on that space, a Huda official said.

The residents of Sohna Road, Nirvana Country, and new developing sectors breathed a sigh of relief after the officials removed the encroachments on Saturday.

“During peak hours, it was difficult to cross the road. People used to park vehicles on the roadside and visit these illegal shops for buying plants and vegetables,” said Reeta Sharma, a resident of Tulip Ivory, Sector 71.

The shopkeepers had kept pots and plants on the roadside to attract customers, some had even encroached on the main road.

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Neeraj Yadav, RWA president of South City -2, said, “The residents who used the extension road had to face a lot of trouble navigating the stretch. It took more than 30 minutes in a car to cover the two-kilometre stretch.”

Last week, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had conducted an anti-encroachment drive in various areas and had formed four teams for the drive in each zone. The encroachments were removed from SPR, Vatika Chowk and Badshahpur Village.

Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said, “We have started the anti- encroachment drive and will ensure that the both sides of roads are developed as green belts. Regular drives will be conducted so that the encroachments do not take place. Also, developers will also ensure that they develop their respective areas.”