Residents heaved a sigh of aid because the U-turn underpass close to the Atmosphere Mall opened on Sunday, because it won’t solely assist cut back journey time attributable to decreased distance, but in addition assist them keep away from getting penalised for violating the foundations of highway rationing scheme in Delhi throughout winter months.
The power opened on Sunday on a trial foundation. Commuters in Gurugram heading in the direction of Atmosphere Island, DLF Part 3 and Sector 24 stated they’ve began saving at the least 20-25 minutes of journey time throughout peak hours.
“Earlier, I needed to cross the MCD toll in Delhi, drive via the service lanes of the expressway after which take a U-turn under the Rajokri flyover to move again in the direction of Gurugram. This meant driving via the closely congested Sirhaul toll, which may, at instances, take over 40 minutes to cross throughout peak site visitors hours,” Devendra Trivedi, a resident of Sector 24, stated.
Trivedi stated that the identical journey took him round 5 minutes to cowl on Sunday.
A number of residents additionally highlighted that the opening of the underpass will finish wrong-side driving violation, a standard sight on the stretch between DLF Part-3 and Atmosphere Mall on the service lanes of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
Commuters stated that the opening of the underpass will even forestall wrong-side driving by these in search of to keep away from going to Delhi to take a U-turn when the odd-even automobile numbering rule is in place to curb air pollution.
“Again in November 2019, when the odd-even scheme was in implementation in Delhi, I used to be fined ₹4,000 on the border only for taking a U-turn to move in the direction of Atmosphere Mall. With the opening of the underpass, coming into Delhi is not wanted and can assist lots of of Gurugram residents who have been inadvertently fined within the odd-even scheme,” Harshit Shukla, a resident of Sector 70, stated.
Sanjeev Gulati, a resident of DLF Part-3, stated, “At any given time of the day, automobiles might be seen driving on the fallacious aspect alongside this 900-metre stretch. These are principally e-rickshaws, autorickshaws, and cabs that drop off their fares close to the mall, all avoiding crossing the MCD toll and paying industrial tax. With the underpass now opening, this could not be a problem.”
The deputy commissioner of police (site visitors), Ravinder Singh Tomar, stated that the underpass will assist cut back site visitors congestion on the Sirhaul toll plaza and help police with managing automobile motion.
“We’re anticipating a drop of 25-30% in site visitors quantity on the Sirhaul toll plaza as soon as the underpass is absolutely purposeful. After the trial interval is over, we’ll depute marshals close to the power for at the least one week to grasp the site visitors sample and advocate modifications if required. We’re carefully monitoring the state of affairs,” Tomar stated.