July 28-29, 2016 had been very hard for every Gurgaon resident and those commuting to/from Gurgaon. Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was completely choked out at that time causing such a fiasco that shook whole NCR. This mess resulted in a complete grid-clock transformation of the city. The Government of Haryana along with National Highways Authority of India conceptualized a three-tier plan to resolve traffic mess of Gurgaon. This plan had three major junctions in concern namely- IFFCO Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk.
This vast project of redesigning the Gurgaon roads was estimated to cost Rs.1004.67 Crores, which included all flyovers and some underpasses as well. Most of the structures’ construction work has been completed in just 240 days. It has also been said that the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and NHAI are likely to build an elevated U-turn at Sirhaul toll plaza, opposite the Ambience Mall, to resolve the issue.
Hero Honda Flyover
Last year when Gurgaon was struck under the influence of monsoon, Hero Honda Chowk was the worst nightmare of every driver in the city. The traffic there came to a halt for over four hours. To put an end to this issue a plan was made known as Hero Honda Flyover. This year, the situation has improved in comparison to the previous years. The flyover is an eight lane wide and 1.6km long bridge. It is facilitating a smooth commute between newly build sectors of Dwarka Expressway, Old Gurgaon and New Gurgaon. Towards Khandsa, the flyover is providing a smooth ride as a U turn at the Kherki Dhaula can be avoided now. Since the local traffic is travelling to Sector 10 via flyover route, the traffic along the Delhi -Jaipur Expressway has decreased considerably.
Atul Kataria Chowk Flyover
Atul Kataria Chowk is one the most used intersection on Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road. To avoid the traffic issue here MCG is planning to construct a flyover or an underpass. The civic body has already appointed a consultant to prepare a detailed project report.
Thanks to the crowd that originates from Maharana Pratap Chowk that NHAI also approved the construction. This flyover at Maharana Pratap Chowk is expected to smoothen the traffic flow from MG Road to Atul Kataria Chowk. An underpass or a flyover at this section would cut travel time for those who are plying towards old Gurgaon on a regular basis.
Management Development Institute (MDI) Flyover
Inaugurated in mid-August, there is skepticism this flyover might cause a bottleneck, instead of easing traffic flow. The reason behind this is that civic authorities have failed to remove several encroachments present right at the foot of the flyover at Sukhrali.
The flyover would be starting at the MDI gate and will be ending near Sector 17 gate. It will streamline heavy traffic from the local bus stand to IFFCO Chowk on the MG Road. Moreover, it will also ensure a smooth ride from the Atul Kataria Chowk to Signature Towers. The flyover is less than a kilometer in length.
Cloverleaf interchange on Southern Peripheral Road
A cloverleaf junction between NH 8 and the Dwarka Expressway will be coming up by The National Highways Authority of India. The heavy flow of traffic will be diminished by a great amount when this route becomes operational. The cloverleaf will be connecting NH 8 with the SPR and will allow traffic movement between the SPR and the Dwarka Expressway, saving people from the rush of NH-8.
The impact of the flyover construction to curb the problems related to traffic congestion has been assessed in terms of traffic decongestion and how to save time. It was found that about 35% of the total traffic is diverted to the flyover, which results in a reduction of about 32% in the total emission generation. Travel on the flyover resulted in as much as 60-70% saving in time, compared to the travel on the main road, particularly when all the four signals are found to be in the red phase. The loss of fuel for combustion and the associated cost resulting from waiting for the signal to change are also estimated, and these are found to be significant.
Now, all the heavy load of work done by government authorities are being put through a tough test through this year’s monsoon. However water-logging problem has also been surpassed by keeping men at ground and proper monitoring of heavy traffic areas. It seems that the main tension of Gurgaon people, i.e. peek congestion hours and varied traffic bottlenecks have been almost curbed in the best way possible. Commute has now got easier and woes-free.
It has been said that the flyovers in Gurgaon will prove to be boon for residents and developers, alike, as they would reduce congestion and cut travel time drastically. Moreover connectivity to newer sectors of Gurgaon will be improved. On the whole, the recently opened flyovers will ease traffic and water logging troubles and aid housing demand in the Millennium City!