Trash mountain gone, but illegal parking lots block NH-8 link road

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

GURGAON: A huge garbage dump along a 2km stretch connecting NH-8 and Old Delhi Road via Udyog Vihar was cleared after nearly five years in August. Three months on, part of the road, which houses hundreds of offices and factories, is not being used as one entire carriageway has turned into a parking lot, with buses, trucks and cars parked illegally there.This has left only one carriageway for traffic.As a result, office-goers are forced to drive on the wrong side here, leading to snarls and an increased risk of accidents. TOI recently visited the spot and found tourist buses blocking one of the carriageways. Moreover, cabs, e-rickshaws and private cars were parked on the roadsides on both carriageways, leaving little space for motorists.HSIIDC constructed 1.5km of the stretch in 2018 but couldnt complete the rest as several trees were falling in the alignment. The project was transferred to GMDA the same year. Subsequently, the development authority floated a tender to redevelop the entire stretch in June 2021 at a cost of Rs 6 crore The project includes relaying of the road, widening of carriageways and construction of footpaths and drains. Work started the next year but was soon held up due to the garbage dump.MCG finally cleared it in August this year, paving the way for completion of the revamp of this road. Around 80% of the work has been completed till date.Narender Sehrawat, who works in a private company in Udyog Vihar, said the entire stretch is choked during rush hours. Earlier, we could use only one carriageway as garbage was dumped here. Now the garbage has gone, and the road has also become a bit more motorable due to the revamp work, but again only one side is available for commuting due to illegal parking blocking the entire carriageway, he said.Since the road connects Sirhaul border with Kapashera border, the problem is further exacerbated when internal traffic of Udyog Vihar converges with that coming from the Sirhaul side.Large numbers of private and commercial vehicles are parked on both sides of the road, causing frequent jams. With only one side operational, there is complete chaos. We feel helpless and try to leave the office only after 9pm, as crossing this 2km road is a painstaking task before then. There is a liquor vend along this road, and customers also tend to park their vehicles on the roadside at night, creating further problems, said Vineet Singh, who works as an IT professional in Udyog Vihar.Industrialists have also demanded traffic management on the road. Until there is strict action from traffic police in the form of issuing challans, impounding vehicles and installing no-parking signage to deter people from parking here, there wont be much change here even when the road work is completed by GMDA. If the unauthorised parking continues to flourish, the purpose of redeveloping this road will be wasted, said Praveen Yadav, president of Gurgaon Udyog Association.Meanwhile, GMDA said most of the work has been completed and the remaining will be finished within the next 15 days. Due to the monsoon and the recent ban on construction activities, progress of the work has been hampered. But we are now mobilising the workforce and will try to finish the work within the next two weeks. While development of road infrastructure falls under our scope of work, any traffic regulation and enforcement comes under traffic police, a senior official said.When contacted, ACP traffic (west) Sukhbir Singh said the matter hadnt been brought to his notice yet. I will examine the traffic condition on this road and corrective measures will be taken accordingly, he said.

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