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A minimum of two hours — that was the time most commuters spent waiting to get out of the gridlock on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expresseay

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon |
August 1, 2012 12:38:50 am

A minimum of two hours — that was the time most commuters spent waiting to get out of the gridlock on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expresseay on Tuesday morning.

The waterlogging due to heavy rainfall in the city led to long jams on most roads of the city. And after the Northern Grip tripped again,around 1 pm,the Metro commuters were forced to look for road transport options.

Both carriageways of the Expressway were choked and periphery roads leading to Udyog Vihar,Palam Vihar,Cyber City also experienced long jams.

“I left home around 10 am for my office in Gurgaon. The traffic in Delhi was slow,and when I reached Expressway,no vehicle was moving,” a commuter said.

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Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) and Rapid Metro blamed each other for the traffic mess. The DGSCL claimed that Rapid Metro had closed a road towards Cyber City for construction of a station,resulting in traffic snarls. The Rapid Metro blamed e-way concessionaire for poor traffic management.

A DGSCL spokesperson said: “There was a lot of congestion on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The reason for this is the work by the Rapid Metro,for which it has closed the existing mandatory left turn into Cyber City.”

A Rapid Metro spokesperson said the agency has maintained the same number of lanes,which were required for turn towards Cyber City,at Gateway Towers. “The cars coming from Delhi have to take a mandatory left at Gateway Towers (instead of the earlier turn that is closed now). There is no major change in the traffic movement. We strongly object to the claims of DS Constructions. It is a clear instance of passing the blame,” the spokesperson said.

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