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Palam Vihar thoroughfare leads to jams after action by DTCP enforcement team

Residents had opposed the action taken on January 29 stating that these gates, which were installed by the RWA, kept the colony from becoming a thoroughfare. Earlier on February 2, two theft attempts were made in the colony and side mirrors were stolen of as many as five luxury cars.

gurgaon Updated: Feb 07, 2018 23:50 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Palam Vihar’s internal roads remained choc-o-block till 11.30am on Wednesday. Commuters coming from sectors 4/5 cut through Palam Vihar to reach Chauma, Bijwasan faster.

After petty thefts on February 2, the residents of Palam Vihar have a new problem on their hands—snarls.

On Wednesday, residents said such snarls on roads inside and outside Palam Vihar, have become routine over the past few days.

The problem emerges a week after the enforcement team from the department of town and country planning (DTCP) removed six illegally installed iron gates around the colony during its anti-encroachment drive.

Residents had opposed the action taken on January 29 stating that these gates, which were installed by the RWA, kept the colony from becoming a thoroughfare.

Kailash Chaturvedi, a resident of Palam Vihar, said, “It took me almost an hour-and-a-half to make my way from C2 Block of Palam Vihar to Rezangla Chowk, which is hardly a distance of 1.5km.

“I have never experienced such bad traffic on this stretch in the past 10 years. I believe the situation is likely to worsen because our colony has now become a thoroughfare. Since everybody is in a hurry to take short cuts from inside the colony, the residents’ problems are bound to multiply,” Chaturvedi added.

The traffic on the colony’s internal roads remained choc-a-block till 11.30am.

For commuters with private vehicles or even for public transport making their way from Sector 4/5 towards Chauma or Bijwasan, taking the internal roads of Palam Vihar save a distance of nearly 2km.

Before the colony gates were dismantled, commuters coming from Sector 4/5 used to go around Rezangla Chowk to reach Chauma or Bijwasan, but now they have started avoiding that route to save distance creating massive jams here during rush hours.

“We have appealed to the police to help keep traffic from increasing, which has become quite bad since January 29 when all our entry and exit iron gates were dismantled by the DTCP following a complaint by a Delhi-based resident,” Sunil Yadav, president of residents’ welfare association (RWA) Palam Vihar, said, adding that we had installed these gates for safety reasons.

Earlier on February 2, two theft attempts were made in the colony and side mirrors were stolen of as many as five luxury cars.

Rajender T Sharma, district town planner (DTP) enforcement, said, “The gates were installed by the RWA in contravention of rules, restricting traffic movement. We acted to dismantle the gates following a complaint from CM Window filed by a resident against RWA blocking free movement through six entry exit gates.”

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 23:50 IST