Gurugram: To prevent traffic snarls, the Gurugram traffic police have extended restrictions on the movement of heavy vehicles on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway in the evening by an additional one-and-a-half hour on weekdays.
Under the revised timings, heavy vehicles will not ply on the expressway from 5 pm to 10.30 pm.
An earlier order by Gurugram Municipal Corporation had banned heavy vehicles within the city limits from 5pm to 9 pm.
Deputy Commissioner of police (DCP) Himanshu Garg passed this order on Thursday, under sections 71 and 73 of the Haryana Police Act, 2008.
“In order to prevent obstruction of vehicles and annoyance to the public due to extreme traffic congestion at the Delhi-Gurugram border, near the Sirhaul toll, I have temporarily extended the existing restrictions on the movement of goods transport vehicles in the evening. This will ensure that the load at the toll plaza is much lesser during peak hours of traffic. By the time, these vehicles carrying goods start their journey; the period of high volume of vehicles will have already ended. This will save the much-needed travelling time for daily commuters. Directions have been issued to all traffic inspectors and ACPs for implementation,” said Garg.
However, the order is not applicable to emergency vehicles belonging to the police, the fire department, and defence services.
According to the draft of the comprehensive mobility plan of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), around 3 lakh vehicles ply on the Sirhaul toll every day.
The area near the Sirhaul toll plaza is the most congested spot in the city. During peak hours, commuters usually take 20-25 minutes to clear it. The police believe that the move will help to ease the congestion in the area.