Gurgaon: Traffic diversions any good?
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Gurgaon: Traffic diversions any good?

Owing to construction work, several road diversions were rolled out hurriedly last week to loosen up traffic at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Hero Honda Chowk. But has the situation improved? Here’s a ground check.

Gurgaon: Traffic diversions any good? Merging traffic at Sector 31 underpass

To ease the traffic snarls at major points in Gurgaon, diversions have been created at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Hero Honda Chowk.

Here’s what the residents are saying.

IFFCO Chowk: Commuters moving from Delhi towards Jaipur will now take a left from ABW tower. Vehicles moving from Mehrauli, too, have been diverted to avoid congestion. There’s a mandatory left turn at Leisure Valley cut, and then a left turn at T-point. No traffic is being allowed straight across Signature Chowk

Pratibha Sehgal, a daily commuter from MG Road to Delhi, says, “The diversion has undoubtedly made my commute easier by 15 minutes.”

Signature Tower: The commuters from Delhi towards HUDA City Centre (HCC) Metro station will now take a mandatory new diversion at Leisure Valley, 150m ahead of Exit 7.  The traffic coming from Jaipur side towards Delhi will now have to take a compulsory left turn towards MDI Chowk, and from there a U-turn to reach NH 8.

However, no diversions have been made on the route from MDI Chowk to HUDA Metro station as of now.


The mandatory U-turn at MDI Chowk for commuters from Jaipur moving towards NH 8


While coming from HCC towards Signature Chowk, there’s a mandatory left towards the highway, and the commuters will have to take the Sector 31 underpass for a U-turn. The straight route is completely closed at Signature Chowk.

A resident of South City I, Priya Sahni, says, “This is weird! No way is leading straight to Signature Towers. I need to drop my daughter for tuitions at Sector 14. For a barely 2-km stretch, I need to take a mandatory U-turn from Sector 31, which is already crowded.”



Vikas Dhiman, who works in Park Centra, shares, “Normally, when I leave from office in the evening, the underpass is jam-packed. Now, the entire Signature Tower traffic is being compulsorily diverted through it. So, you can imagine the chaos!”

Rajiv Chowk: There’s a new diversion close to Rajiv Chowk. Now, commuters will not have to take a long U-turn from Tau Devi Lal Stadium. However, the passage is opened only for light vehicles.

“I have to travel from Sector 31 to Hero Honda — this new passage has made my route easier as I used to get stuck in the long U-turn at Rajiv Chowk, which had a lot of heavy vehicles too,” said Sanjay Virmani, a Hero Honda Employee.

Hero Honda Chowk: A compulsory U-turn has been made below the Hero Honda flyover for commuters from Subhash Chowk towards Sector 10. The traffic from Delhi and Jaipur can also take this U-turn. However, they cannot take an exit for Subhash Chowk from this point. To do so, they will have to go to Rajiv Chowk.

Sunil Kumar, a cab driver, shares, “This stretch has lots of heavy vehicles. So, smaller vehicles would often break traffic rules, leading to jams. The compulsory U-turn is a benefit for the commuters on the stretch.

Speaking to City Spidey, Raj Kumar, road safety officer, said, “We had strict deadlines for these diversions. We are working in close co-ordination with the traffic police and all measures will be taken to ease the situation. We expect better traffic conditions soon.”