Sukhrali residents fear snarls on Maharana Pratap Chowk flyover
Residents fear convergence of vehicles on a 1-km patch of land at Sukhrali could throw traffic out of gear on the Maharana Pratap Chowk flyovergurgaon Updated: Aug 16, 2017 22:12 IST
Residents of Sukhrali are worried about possible snarls on the newly-constructed flyover near Maharana Pratap Chowk, which opened to commuters on Monday.
Residents said they fear traffic chaos, as vehicles from Sector 14 side will jostle for space on a narrow stretch at Sukhrali.
The flyover, less than a kilometre in length, has come up on Mehrauli Road leading from the city’s main bus stand near the civil hospital towards Iffco Chowk via Sukhrali. The intersection on Maharana Pratap Chowk saw a huge bump in the movement of vehicles, as the traffic from west Gurgaon, headed to Iffco Chowk and Huda City Centre and vice versa, merged with those from other routes.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is the custodian of Mehrauli Road and other roads leading from west Gurgaon to Huda City Centre via Atul Kataria Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk and Signature Tower. It had proposed a flyover at Management Development Institute (MDI) in Atul Kataria Chowk towards Signature Tower in 2012.
The state government scrapped the flyover plan at Maharana Pratap Chowk over design issues. The plan was submitted by the consultant to the MCG.
However, with change of government in the state in 2014, the flyover plan was revived and it was proposed to link Iffco Chowk from the bus stand. The project was assigned to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Anup Bhambru, a former councillor, said, “We raised our apprehension with the MCG saying that the flyover, in its present design, will create more trouble for commuters in the coming days, as vehicles operating at high speed from the bus stand will hit the narrow road at Sukhrali. It would have been better had the flyover been extended up to Iffco Chowk.”
A 1-km patch of the Mehrauli Road at Sukhrali, between the bus stand and Iffco Chowk, is allegedly encroached on by local shop owners, thereby adding to the regular traffic mess.
A senior NHAI official said, “We flagged our concerns to the MCG and had eve written to them in this regard. We feared that snarls at Sukhrali will pose a big problem once the flyover opens. We said that it should be extended to Iffco Chowk.”
The onus is on the MCG to remove encroachments on roads in Sukhrali.
V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, said, “We will launch an anti-encroachment drive to free up space for smooth traffic movement at Sukhrali.”
First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:12 IST