Gurgaon: DLF Phase 2 residents protest against road closure
DLF Phase 2 residents protested at the DLF Square building against the traffic police for blocking the service lane in the areaUpdated: Apr 26, 2017 22:47 IST
Residents of DLF Phase 2 held a protest at the DLF Square building near the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Wednesday against the traffic police for blocking the service lane in the area.
The residents protested for around two hours, from 10.15am to 12.30pm, in an attempt to get traffic officials to open the road for residents as they have been facing an inconvenience and have to travel all the way to Iffco Chowk to go towards Delhi.
According to a traffic official, the road near DLF Square was closed in order to control traffic coming from Delhi and Gurgaon. The need arose after an underpass was opened near Cyber City.
“Due to the opening of this underpass, a huge chunk of traffic came on the road near the DLF Square building, because of which the DLF authorities decided to close that road,” said a senior traffic official.
Since then, commuters of DLF Phase 2 have been facing problems as they have to go all the way to Iffco Chowk to take another route to the entrance of Phase 2. Due to the congestion at Iffco Chowk, they are delayed by 30 to 40 minutes as they have to travel a longer distance.
“We held the demonstration to show the traffic police and DLF officials that if they open the road to the right of DLF Phase 2 there will be no problem of traffic movement. Rather, it will be easier for residents to reach Phase 2 instead of having to go all the way to Iffco Chowk,” said Umesh Gupta, president, Progressive Residents’ Association, DLF 2.
“Earlier, we had a straight road to go towards Delhi through Shankar Chowk, but now they have blocked the roads and we have to take a longer route. On one hand, they ask us to save petrol and fuel and on the other, they make us travel long distances that can be avoided,” said Sujata Goenka, a resident.
A meeting took place between the Progressive Residents’ Association officials and the DLF and police authorities at 3pm to discuss the problem.
“After the meeting with the DLF and police authorities, it was decided that they will open the route as a one way to Delhi till they come up with a more acceptable solution to the problem. However, it is on a temporary basis,” Gupta said.
“Due to construction of the underpass near Cyber City, some diversions had to be made on the roads that resulted in commuters having to take the other route, which they find longer. Some changes have to be made while building new roads,” said assistant commissioner of police (ACP) Manish Sehgal, spokesperson, Gurgaon police.
First Published: Apr 26, 2017 22:47 IST