Gurgaon: Construction on Iffco Chowk service lane brings traffic to a crawl
The service lane from Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road leads to Leisure Valley and Signature Towers and is heavily accessed by commuters.gurgaon Updated: Oct 14, 2017 22:47 IST
Owing to the ongoing expansion work to pave way for a flyover at Iffco Chowk, one of the two lanes of the service road of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway was cordoned off by traffic police on Friday, leaving space for only one vehicle to exit at a time.
The narrowing of road caused a traffic jam on the service lane, the backlog of which extended till the Iffco chowk junction and disrupted traffic flow during peak hours.
While, officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) could be seen on the spot directing traffic, the sheer volume of vehicles on the road and its carrying capacity presented a total mismatch and even the presence of NHAI officials didn’t help matters.
The service lane from Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road leads to Leisure Valley and Signature Towers and is heavily accessed by commuters.
According to NHAI officials, they had to dig up earth before the Leisure Valley exit to create extra space for the under-construction unidirectional four-lane flyover that will enable commuters coming from Huda City Centre and MG Road travel to Sukhrali or New Delhi.
For commuters travelling through the stretch, the unannounced route blockage caught them off-guard.
“I attended a meeting at DT Centre mall and had to head towards Westin Hotel for another work-related project. However, instead of a five minute drive, it took me 30 minutes to reach my destination owing to the ongoing construction work on the service lane,” Preeti Kukreja, who works at Signature Towers, said.
Some commuters advocated the installation of signages at the entrance of the service lane, so that they have a choice to avoid the route altogether.
“I am not against the authorities undertaking construction work. They just need to alert commuters in advance by placing signages at the entrance to the service road, so that they have the option of avoiding the stretch and take another route,” Dinesh Gupta, a resident of DLF Phase 4, said.