15-km long traffic jam on Delhi expressway, authorities accused of miscommunicating
New Delhi, May 23: The authorities were slammed after a massive traffic snarl occurred on the Gurgaon-Delhi expressway on Friday, spreading over 15 kilometres! Several commuters were left stranded in the vehicles, many of which even broke down because of the heat.
Miscommunication between the concerned authorities was cited to be reason behind one of the worst traffic jams Delhi has witnessed so far. In 2014, the court had asked to scrap the Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon border for it used to cause traffic jams on the 32-lane expressway.
Now, the courts in Punjab and Haryana ordered that the road be made a 8-laned one due to which the operators of the expressway put barricades on 24 of the 32 lanes during the peak hours without any prior notice.
Neither the National Highways Authority (NHAI) of India nor the police in Gurgaon or Delhi were aware about the move that threw the traffic out of gear on the expressway.
Commuters stranded in their vehicles even protested after standing in the heat for hours.
Later, NHAI officials met traffic police authorities and the expressway operators and asked them to notify the Delhi and Gurgaon Police and also the people about the trial to be held on May 26.