A 394-metre underpass near DLF Phase 2 metro station is to open to the public on a trial basis on Tuesday. It will provide commuters from Cyber City an alternative and more convenient route to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The one-way underpass is the sixth one to be opened as part of the 16 lane-signal free project between sectors 55/56 to Shankar Chowk in the last two months.
Built by the DLF and the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), only one underpass at Genpact crossing remains to be built on the 8.3-km stretch.
The new underpass will benefit those travelling from Cyber City, Golf Course Road and DLF Phase 3 and help ease the bottleneck owing to the convergence of traffic.
Before the opening of the new underpass, commuters coming from Cyber City and heading towards the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway had to take a right turn near Belverde Park. However, they mostly ended up merging with vehicles coming from Golf Course Road through the newly opened Sikanderpur underpass and veering into Cyber City.
The spot becomes congested as there are no traffic lights or traffic police officers and commuters try to navigate through the convergence of traffic.
“During the peak hours, it takes nearly 5 minutes to take a right turn towards NH 8. The narrow space and merging of traffic prevent vehicles from exiting the spot and the resultant gridlock often extends till DLF Phase 3 metro station. Thus, the underpass will go a long way in putting an end to snarls at the spot,” Shaurya Sinha, a resident of Belverde Park,said.
Traffic officers added that with the opening of the underpass, they will erect jersey barriers at the spot to deter commuters from Cyber City from taking a right turn towards the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (as they can take the underpass instead) and avoid merging with vehicles turning into Cyber City after exiting the Sikanderpur underpass.