Split toll may cause jams in Udyog Vihar
The eight-lane split toll plaza proposed to come up near the industrial township of Udyog Vihar to reduce the traffic load on the Gurgaon Expressway may turn out to be a nightmare for commuters of the area. Sunil Thapliyal reports.gurgaon Updated: Sep 27, 2012 01:21 IST
The eight-lane split toll plaza proposed to come up near the industrial township of Udyog Vihar to reduce the traffic load on the Gurgaon Expressway may turn out to be a nightmare for commuters of the area.
In the absence of a parking lot, office-goers and visitors to Udyog Vihar are forced to park their vehicles on the road, leaving the stretch chock-a-block.
The split toll plaza plan may be implemented after Friday when a division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court is scheduled to hear the case.
According to experts, an average 15,000 vehicles are likely to use the new toll road and commuters will have to struggle their way through heavy jams, thanks to unauthorised and haphazardly parked vehicles that visit the various offices, companies and industrial units located along the stretch.
Vehicles coming from Palam Vihar, sectors 21, 22, 23,23A and other areas, heading towards Delhi, will also bypass the existing 32-lane toll plaza and take the new route.
"Commuters may face huge traffic jams during peak hours. However, the staff of companies situated here will face trouble with the new arrangements," said Aseem Takyar, a local industrialist and RTI activist.
The narrow two-kilometre stretch that connects the Gurgaon Expressway with the Old Delhi Road also needs to be widened to accommodate the increased traffic load.
Lack of coordination among the agencies concerned adds to the woes.
While the Udyog Vihar road falls under the jurisdiction of Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (HSIIDC), civic body Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) should also look into the matter.
On Sunday too, retired chief justice of the high court Mukul Mudgal, who has been appointed local commissioner, had expressed concern over the narrow width of the road.