Gurgaon: Traffic in disarray on Golf Course Road after crane breaks down at Genpact crossing
The Gurgaon police put out an alert on social media asking commuters on Golf Course Road to brace for snarlsgurgaon Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:52 IST
Traffic on Golf Course Road, extension road and other arterial roads in the vicinity was thrown out of gear for two hours on Tuesday morning after a crane broke down at the Genpact crossing and blocked movement of vehicles on one lane.
A 700-metre underpass is being constructed at the Genpact crossing and the main road is heavily barricaded, with only two lanes available for traffic movement.
Around 9 am, a hydra crane deployed for the ongoing construction of the underpass broke down at the Genpact crossing, grounding vehicles on one lane of the main road during rush hour.
Vehicles were forced to take the only operational lane, causing congestion and a traffic backlog stretching beyond AIT Chowk.
Although Gurgaon police officers reached the spot within minutes of getting word of the breakdown, they did not have the equipment to tow away the crane and needed to seek help from another agency.
“The hydra crane was extremely heavy and traffic police cranes could not handle its weight. Hence, we sourced a crane from New Delhi to lift the vehicle. It took some time,” DCP (traffic) Simardeep Singh said.
Even as police officers at the scene waited for the crane to be towed away, they put out an alert on social media asking commuters on the Golf Course Road to brace for congestion.
“Traffic Alert: A Hydra crane has broken down at genpact chowk leading to traffic congestion on the golf course road. Ggm police on the spot (sic),” Gurgaon police tweeted.
Traffic police officers were finally able to shift the hydra crane around 10.30am and normal traffic movement on the stretch could only be restored after 11am.
Despite the congestion alert issued by the police, many commuters travelling on the stretch were caught unawares and could not reach their destinations on time.
“I had to reach office for a meeting with international clients at 10am, but got caught in the traffic mess on Golf Course Road. Left with no choice, I had to reschedule my meeting at a later date,” Nilesh Dayal, a resident of Nirvana Country working in CyberHub, said.
Incidentally, the ongoing construction for the DLF-5 underpass has resulted in major snarls at the Genpact Chowk. On July 5 and 6, construction work led to an encroachment on the main road and the traffic police had a tough time normalising traffic movement.