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No easy bypass for Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, 2 of 3 other links choked

GURGAON: Two of the three alternative routes suggested by Gurgaon police to bypass a bottleneck on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway that will affect traffic for three months don’t offer the fastest or easiest rides between the two cities.
The Old Delhi-Gurgaon road doesn’t have a smooth surface in several patches while its width is squeezed by encroachments and a bus terminal at Kapashera border. The ride is slow and stop-start because of signals at short intervals and buses, cars, three- and two-wheelers competing for space. If you’re taking it during the rush hour, it can also be a very long one.

On the other hand, MG Road, which links Gurgaon and south Delhi, is choked virtually through the morning till Qutub Minar, because of very heavy traffic volumes and the cascading impact of signals. Sikanderpur is a major bottleneck because of merging traffic, illegal auto parking, e-rickshaws that move on the wrong side and a check-post at the border.
If the expressway closure was planned, why weren’t adequate measures to make traffic smoother on these two roads taken well in advance, commuters asked.
Some commuters who took the Kapashera border route said the traffic situation on the Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road is no different from the expressway. Sachin Parashar, who commutes daily between Dwarka Sector 6 and Udyog Vihar 4 for work, said: “The stretch is already congested with the bus terminal at Kapashera border, multiple traffic signals between Kapashera to Dwarka and ongoing construction near Dwarka Sector 21. With more traffic on this road due to the diversion, there is nothing but chaos here now.”
Others said they preferred the expressway, even with the interruption between Rangpuri and Rajokri. Rahul Chandola, a DLF 1 resident, said he was scheduling visits to Delhi early in the day or in the evening to avoid peak hour rush.
“I still prefer taking the expressway to reach places in Delhi such as Dhaula Kuan and Karol Bagh rather than MG Road because it is way longer and won’t make any difference in travel time. The ongoing repairs of the Chirag Dilli flyover have already affected traffic movement till IIT-Delhi. So, till the time construction is under way on the expressway, I have decided to schedule my visit to Delhi in such a manner as to avoid peak hour rush,” he added.
Shivam Arora, a resident of Sector 43 who switched to MG Road for her usual travel to RK Puram, said: “There are multiple traffic signals on this stretch, apart from illegal parking on the roadsides and e-rickshaws that are causing mayhem. The authorities need to take swift action against encroachments and ensure smooth movement of traffic.”
Traffic police said around 80 additional personnel will be deployed to ensure smooth flow of traffic. “The deployment of additional personnel has been approved. They will be stationed at the borders according to the traffic situation. In the meantime, we have already deployed temporary personnel at the borders,” DCP (traffic) Virender Singh Sangwan said.
On the expressway, meanwhile, commuters, especially those headed towards Gurgaon, continued to face snarls on Friday near Shiv Murti. Traffic in this section is being diverted through a slip road while a stack exchange – two underpasses and a flyover – are built for the Dwarka Expressway.
The Delhi traffic police issued an advisory at 5.30pm. “Movement of traffic is slow from Dhaula Kuan towards Rajokri due to traffic diversions along NH-8. Commuters are advised to use public transportation at large to travel between Delhi and Gurgaon,” it stated.
A traffic marshal deployed at the diversion on the Gurgaon side said, “People are getting used to the diversion plan and taking the slip road connecting to UER-II road if their destination is west Delhi. Additional width has been given at the curve of slip road, making the turn smoother. Traffic coming from Mahipalpur flyover and the Rangpuri service road merge near Shiv Murti, increasing traffic volume and resulting in a slowdown. But the situation is better now compared to the first day.”

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