Thursday, July 29, 2010

Delhi Cannot Control Jams and Boast of Organizing Games

Delhi Metro is credited with easing congestion on the capital’s roads but on Tuesday night it triggered a massive jam on Delhi-Jaipur highway!

Thousands of commuters were stranded on the high-speed corridor on Tuesday night after a truck carrying a Metro coach hit a road divider near Manesar on NH-8 and broke down blocking both the carriageways. As the highway control room did not have any facility to remove the truck from the spot, traffic in both the lanes came to a standstill. The jam spilled over to Delhi-Gurgaon expressway on Wednesday morning. The situation returned to normalcy only around 11am.

Sources said that some Metro coaches were headed to Delhi from Gujarat. ‘‘While 4 trucks crossed the stretch around 8pm, the last truck carrying a coach hit a divider and its front portion jutted into the fast lane of the other carriageway. It blocked the traffic from Delhi to Jaipur while the rear end of the truck caused massive jams on the Jaipur-Delhi lane,’’ said Hukum Singh, control room officer in highway control room.

The official added that crane available with the control room couldn’t lift the truck and the coach as the coach alone weighed about 60 tones. ‘‘It was removed only on Wednesday morning after DMRC sent its cranes. Our cranes can only lift a weight of up to only 40-45 tones,’’ he added.

Amid delays, commuters were stuck in jam for the entire night on Tuesday. ‘‘We were coming back from Jaipur. We were to reach our Sushant Lok home around 1am but due to jam we remained stuck near Bilaspur for 6-7 hours. The children were thirsty and there was no water,’’ said Chankya Verma, an MNC executive.

Many commuters headed for work too were stranded. ‘‘When I left for Manesar from my Dhaula Kuan house this morning, I absolutely had no idea that I am going to get stuck in a massive jam. I had left home around 7am and after 10.30am, I finally dropped the idea of going there,’’ rued industrialist Sumit Khanna.

Sources said on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, Hero Honda Chowk and Kherki-Daula toll plaza were worst hit. ‘‘Traffic had come to a standstill at Hero-Honda Chowk. Vehicles took several hours to cross Kherki-Daula toll plaza. There was no movement of vehicles. I was cursing myself for choosing this day to go to Jaipur today,’’ said Amit Mallick, a Delhi resident.