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E-way awaits redesigning and repair

26 Aug 2015, Hindustan Times (Delhi)

Abhishek Behl abhishek.behl@hindustantimes.com

BOTTLENECKS Plan to redevelop major intersections and entry and exit points is stuck because of the failure to bring multiple stakeholders on a single page

More than 15,000 passenger cars and other vehicles pass through these junctions during peak hours, and the signals are also not working.

NEERAJ DIWAN, road safety officer 

GURGAON: An ambitious plan to redevelop major intersections and a large number of entry and exit points on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway is stuck in limbo because of the failure to bring multiple stakeholders on a single page. 

Experts believe that if the entry and exit points are redesigned, roads can get more width and ease traffic movement at these points. 

But this requires the involvement of a number of gover nment agencies, including Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), GAIL (India) Ltd, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the power department. 

S Raghuraman, CEO, Millennium City Expressways Private Limited (MCEPL), the concessionaire entrusted with the responsibility to manage the e-way, said as of now only six points out of the 19 entry and 17 exit points on the expressway could be retrofitted.

The National Highways Authority of India has written a letter to the agencies concer ned but has not received any response as yet. 

Not only entry exits but major junctions on the expressway, including Iffco Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, Shanker Chowk, need redevelopment because they remain perpetually congested during peak hours. 

“More than 15,000 passenger cars and other vehicles pass through these junctions during peak hours, and the signals are also not working,” says Neeraj Diwan, road safety officer.

Though number of pedestrians using these junctions is high, there are neither footpaths nor zebra crossings to help them. 

Experts say that faulty road intersections not only lead to accidents but also hamper the capacity and efficiency of the entire road network. Diwan says that the capacity of expressway can be enhanced significantly if junctions are properly channelised. 

A survey conducted under GurgaonManesar Integrated Mobility Plan (2010) revealed that operating speed at the expressway junctions is very low and severe congestion is caused because of high traffic volume leading to regular complaints. “It takes almost 40 minutes to cross the highway and reach my office in Udyog Vihar from DLF Phase 1. Our cab is caught daily on either of the busy junctions,” says Sonia Sharma, a consultant. 

With no action having been initiated on this mobility plan for the last five years, the situation has worsened as the number of cars and two-wheelers has multiplied in National Capital Region. 

MCEPL has even received the ` 58 crore required to do this job but issues like the GAIL pipeline, HUDA greenbelts, high-tension power wires, and compound walls that come in the way of expansion need to be sorted out or else road users will keep on suffering, and Gurgaon will lose its charm of being the top office destination in the country.


Source: hindustantimes.com