Amidst the decision of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) to redesign MG Road, the residents of Beverly Park-2, a condominium in DLF-2, went to Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday against the decision of closure of service lanes and sought stay in the matter.
The GMDA has undertaken a plan to redesign one and a half kilometers long stretch from IFFCO Chowk to Sikandarpur Metro to decongest MG Road. Under this plan, several access points from the main road are being closed.
The move caused an uproar among residents. They had also written a letter to GMDA CEO, V Uma Shankar, expressing their concern and objecting the redesigning of the road.
After receiving no relief on the matter, the residents decided to take the matter to the High Court.
Rakesh Sharma, Secretary, Beverly Park-2 said, “This is an ill-conceived plan. The move will bring chaos on the road. We have the right to access the road and will fight this decision as this is a matter of grave concern. The decision will do nothing but will further add problems.”
According to the residents, the decision will affect the lives of hundreds of residents living in the society and will cause heavy traffic on the service road.
Henry Ledlie, a resident of Beverly Park-2 said, “On Sunday, there was heavy congestion on the service road which prompted the traffic police to remove the blockage. We would have welcomed the decision if it would have benefitted residents.”
“There are multiple agencies involved here. While GMDA is redesigning the road but MCG has no plans to redevelop the service lane. The GMDA should be more mindful while taking such a decision,” Ledlie added.
However, GMDA officials justified the proposed plan citing that it will ease the traffic movement on the stretch and avoid incidents.
According to the officials, the stretch will have four entry/exit points and the service lane will be made one way.
Apart from this, there will be no parking of any kind including autos. Auto parking will be developed in the vicinity of the metro station on the Sushant Lok side.
GMDA Chief Engineer Jitendra Mittal said, “The stretch is unsafe because of multiple access points from the main road to service lane. We are working on this plan and have sought suggestions from people. As of now, GMDA is going ahead as per the plan.”