Road Safety Organisation suggests routes to avoid traffic snarls in Gurgaon
Road Safety Organisation (RSO) has carried out a traffic audit for National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and recommended routes for a traffic-free ride in Gurgaon. The suggestions are aimed at reducing traffic snarls caused due to ongoing construction work at busy intersections in the city, such as IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk.
The suggestions, which will be implemented in the next two months, are as follows:
Commuters travelling from HUDA City Centre and headed towards Delhi or Atul Kataria Chowk should take a left towards Jaipur via the service road for a few metres; then take a U-turn from the Sector 30 underpass and head towards Delhi or Atul Kataria Chowk. Traffic from Atul Kataria Chowk towards Jaipur or HUDA City Centre should take a left from Signature Tower, go towards Delhi for a few metres and then take a U-turn.
Traffic towards Old Gurgaon and Delhi from Sohna Road should take an extended U-turn from the Jaipur side. Similarly, traffic from Old Gurgaon should take a left towards Delhi and an extended U-turn, and move towards Sohna Road. If commuters from Delhi want to travel to Jaipur, they will have to take a U-turn near the Air Force station.
Traffic towards Delhi from the Jaipur side will be closed for vehicles. If coming from the Jaipur side, move left and take a U-turn opposite the petrol pump, take the Delhi road, move left, go towards Sector 17-18 and take another U-turn to head to Delhi. Traffic towards Sukhrali and Delhi from MG Road should take an extended U-turn from Jaipur side.
Currently, commuters using these suggested routes might face some difficulty. But in future this will help clear traffic jams.
Residents of the city, however, feel underpasses should be pre-planned. Bhagat Singh Yadav, RWA president, Uppal's Southend on Sohna Road, said, “Diversions at these locations will create a chaotic situation, but when the project is completed, it will be a huge boon to commuters. This step should have been taken earlier — but better late than never.”
“I commute through these very intersections and the changes being made will be a bitter pill to swallow," said VM Singh, RWA secretary, Sun City. "These changes will lead to a chaotic traffic situation now, but will help commuters soon. I feel a similar plan would have helped during the construction of the Delhi-Gurgaon highway. I am glad the underpass project has begun.”
Sanjay Jha, a resident of Sushant Lok who commutes to Manesar for work every day, praised the project. "The project is good and will get rid of all traffic bottlenecks," said Jha. "These diversions will be quite a problem for now, but it will definitely mean a smoother commute in future."