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Iffco underpass in Gurugram to cut travel time by 15 minutes

Commuters travelling from Huda City Centre (HCC) towards Bristol Chowk presently merge with traffic coming from MG Road Metro station at Iffco Chowk. They then take a left and an immediate sharp right to take the U-turn for Bristol Chowk.

gurgaon Updated: Mar 16, 2019 00:54 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
The new underpass will allow commuters travelling towards Bristol Chowk to bypass bypass the congestion at Iffco Chowk-MG Road stretch entirely.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The new underpass at Iffco Chowk, scheduled to open on Sunday, is expected to ease vehicular congestion at the junction and, according to officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), shave off an estimated 15 minutes from their usual travel time.

Commuters travelling from Huda City Centre (HCC) towards Bristol Chowk presently merge with traffic coming from MG Road Metro station at Iffco Chowk. They then take a left and an immediate sharp right to take the U-turn for Bristol Chowk.

This leads to severe congestion at the spot and on the feeder roads. The new underpass will allow commuters travelling towards Bristol Chowk to bypass bypass the congestion at Iffco Chowk-MG Road stretch entirely.

The Mall Mile is among the most congested spots in the city, especially near Iffco Chowk which is the unofficial interstate stop for buses heading towards Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab. There are also a large number of offices, malls, condominiums and a Metro station here. It is also the point where two of the busiest road-networks, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) Road merge, leading to the junction being heavily congested for most of the day.

“Due to these factors the carriageway carrying traffic from MG Road Metro station is always heavily congested and it takes more than 10-15 minutes to take the U-turn during peak hours. The underpass will helps bypass this congestion entirely,” Siddhant Chawla, a resident of Heritage City, said.

Commuters added that an underpass also reduces the risk of meeting with an accident, as they will no longer have to merge with speeding traffic to negotiate the U-turn.

“The problem with the existing route is that the U-turn is extremely close to the cut from where traffic from HCC merges with the traffic going towards Iffco Chowk. Hence, there is constant congestion at the spot, especially during peak traffic hours,” Manish Sinha, sector 28 resident, said.

The 250-metre-long L-shaped unidirectional underpass starts just 100 metres after the Iffco Chowk Metro station, and finishes 150 metres before the Central Mall. The ₹285 crore underpass is the fifth and the last underpass to open in the revamping of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, which also has underpasses at Rajiv Chowk (two), Signature Towers, and Hero Honda Chowk. It was built by the NHAI as part of its ₹1,004.67-crore plan to streamline traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

NHAI project director Ashok Sharma said, “I and senior NHAI officials inspected the underpass on Wednesday. We gave a green light for the underpass to be opened on Sunday,”

The opening of the underpass has been delayed by 1.5 years as a 55-metre stretch of land was stuck in litigation as a petrol pump came in its alignment. In January, the Haryana Shahri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) allotted an alternative plot in DLF 1 to the owner of the fuel station paving way for the remaining work to be completed.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 00:54 IST