Road widening work leads to frequent traffic jams near Udyog Vihar in Gurgaon
Missind dividers on the sector 17/18 dividing road, adjacent to Udyog Vihar, is leading to frequent jamsgurgaon Updated: Apr 19, 2017 23:17 IST
Hundreds of commuters are facing tough time commuting on the sector 17/18 dividing road, adjacent to Udyog Vihar due to frequent jams. Commuters said missing dividers were leading to haphazard traffic flow on the stretch.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram ( MCG) is expanding the 2.2km road at a cost of Rs 5.9 crore. The work on the project started in March last year and is scheduled to be completed by this June.
According to the MCG officials, upgrading the dividing road will resolve congestion issues on this busy stretch connecting Iffco Chowk and Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road.
The stretch will be upgraded to a four-lane road with a central verge and streetlights. Footpaths and other street infrastructure will also be built to ensure smooth traffic.
The commuters and residents of Sector 17B, Iffco Colony, Palam Vihar, Sector 5 and Udyog Vihar are the most hit as the road connects to NH-8 near Iffco Chowk.
“Every day, it takes more than 40 minutes for a commuter to cross the stretch as the construction work in progressing at a slow pace. There is no provision to control the traffic flow on the stretch,” said Rohit Sirohi of Palam Vihar.
During peak hours, almost 15,000 passenger car units (PCUs) cross this junction and the bumper-to-bumper traffic means that pedestrians and cyclists do not get any share of the road space.
“When motorists try to overtake on the single-lane road, traffic comes to standstill for hours. The traffic movement is slow and the traffic police has to deploy their personnel there to ensure the route is cleared,” said Vivek Joshi of Sector 3.
A non-functional bus stand that was developed by the MCG towards the Jaipur side of the road compounds the problems at Iffco Chowk. The traffic police had asked the civic body to maintain it several times but in vain. The result is that people wait for buses on the service lane that is already encroached upon by vendors.
The MCG officials said the traffic congestion would continue until June-end by which time the road widening work will be complete.
Dharamvir Malik, executive engineer, MCG, said, “The work is in progress and will be completed by June -end. We are trying to ensure the work is done at night when the traffic volume is low.”