GURGAON: Police on Thursday suggested three alternative routes to get to different parts of Delhi from the city, which could help reduce traffic volumes and snarls on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway caused by the closure of a section of the road in Delhi earlier this week.
Commuters travelling between Gurgaon and the capital can opt for the Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, MG Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, the police advisory suggested. Earlier this week, the section of NH-48 between Rangpuri and Rajokri in Delhi was closed for the next 90 days to construct two underpasses and a flyover for the Dwarka Expressway project.
E-way in a jam, traffic cops suggest bypass via 3 roads
Police on Thursday suggested three alternative routes to get to different parts of Delhi from the city, which could help reduce traffic volume on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to cope with disruption caused by the closure of a section of the road in Delhi earlier this week.
Commuters travelling between the Millennium City and the capital can opt for Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, MG Road and Gurgaon-Faridabad Road, the police advisory suggested. The control room – 1095 and 0124-238600 – will provide updates on the traffic situation to callers.
Earlier this week, the section of NH-48 between Rangpuri and Rajokri in Delhi was closed for the next 90 days to construct two underpasses and a flyover for the Dwarka Expressway project.
Despite slip roads built along the carriageways to divert traffic, vehicles are packed bumper to bumper between Mahipalpur and Rajokri on both directions of the highway. Traffic flow is largely normal in the Gurgaon section of NH-48 so far, but that could take a hit in the coming weeks as work on the interchange gathers pace.
“To avoid major delays and inconvenience to commuters, the traffic wing of Gurgaon police issued an advisory for people travelling between Delhi and Gurgaon,” DCP (traffic) Virender Singh Sangwan said.
To get to west and northwest Delhi, commuters should take the Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road and enter the capital through Dundahera/Kapashera border. They can go onwards to the Dwarka Link Road to reach Dwarka, and then to west and northwest Delhi
For commuters going towards south, southeast and east Delhi, traffic cops advise the use of MG Road and onwards to Ghitorni and Mehrauli. Taking MG Road, however, is unlikely to save commute time because it’s packed with traffic even when the expressway operates normally. The Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road is tougher still because of its condition.
To reach Greater Noida, Noida, Ashram, Badarpur border and Jasola, commuters can take the Gurgaon-Faridabad Road that cuts through the Aravalis.
But those going towards IGI airport and central Delhi still need to take NH-48, the advisory noted, adding: “Please include extra time for commuting due to NHAI infra upgradation work.”
So, if you have a flight to catch, budget for extra highway time, especially if it’s any time during the day and evening peak hours.
Regular commuters TOI spoke to said these routes are already congested, especially during office hours.
Deepak Mishra, a resident of Dwarka, travels to Gurgaon daily for work. “The Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road is not a preferred choice for commuters. The condition of the road is bad and markets along its length make it a difficult drive. Plus, the disruption on NH-48 has already increased traffic load on this stretch,” he said.
“These may be alternative routes to NH-48, but they aren’t any better. There’s a lot of traffic on MG Road. Travel time has increased, regardless of what route we take,” said Manoj Jaiswal, who lives in Saket and has to go to Gurgaon for work.
Almost a kilometre of the expressway stretch is likely to remain closed for the next three months. According to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials, the slip roads constructed next to NH-48 are wide enough to accommodate the daily highway traffic. “Traffic movement will normalise in a few days. The alternative slip roads are wide enough to accommodate vehicular flow,” an NHAI official said on Thursday.
The closure is supposed to facilitate construction of a ‘stack intersection’ – a surface road, two underpasses and a flyover – that will be part of the Dwarka Expressway project. One of the underpasses will connect the Dwarka Expressway with Nelson Mandela Marg, and the other will connect Dwarka link road with NH-48. The flyover will pass over them, starting from a location near a CNG fuel station and Shiv Murti.