Gurgaon: Residents hope flyover ends snarls, waterlogging
Nearby residents said the flyover project will also end the waterlogging woes that they have long been grappling withgurgaon Updated: Jul 24, 2017 23:43 IST
With the opening of the Hero Honda Chowk flyover, commuters and those residing near the junction had a smoother ride on Tuesday while some hoped that it will also end their waterlogging troubles.
YS Shetty, an employee with a private hospital in Manesar, said his colleagues did not believe him when he told them that he was able to reach Manesar from New Delhi in less an hour on Tuesday. After the flyover became operational, he was able to bypass traffic converging at the Chowk from Pataudi, Sohna, Manesar and other areas of Gurgaon.
”I was one of the thousands stranded at Hero Honda Chowk when rainwater inundated the entire expressway on July 28 last year. I spent nine hours at the junction on that day — there was no traffic movement on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. After bypassing the same spot without any hinderance on Tuesday, I finally felt at ease and will not be apprehensive about the monsoon this year,” Shetty said.
For many commuters, the opening of the flyover will ensure that they return home early after a day long struggle and save 30 minutes on their journey.
“I travel from Rewari to New Delhi every day for selling vegetables at Azadpur Mandi. I reach Gurgaon around 9pm and would often find myself stuck at the junction with heavy commercial traffic on the only operational carriageway. The opening of eight lanes now ensures that traffic can move off the flyover with ease and reduce travel time by 30 minutes each way,” Kuldeep Dahiya, a resident of Rewari said.
“Since Hero Honda Chowk is a low-lying area and is also situated besides Badshahpur drain, the junction floods during monsoon. As authorities struggle to come up with an alternative, to channel out excess rainwater from the junction and restore efficient traffic mobility, they would direct rainwater towards residential areas of sector 37 and 10 and flood ground floor apartments,” said Akshay Yadav, a resident of sector 10 said.
Yadav said with the opening of the flyover, the residents are hopeful that they would not resort to doing the same this year as traffic mobility would no longer be a crisis.