For two hours,traffic came to a standstill on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Friday morning when locals protesting against water shortage blocked the service lane near Udyog Vihar Phase III. Vehicles were queued up for two kilometres from the Sirhaul (Delhi border) toll plaza.
The snarls began during the rush hour between 10.30 and 11 am for vehicles on both sides of the expressway. Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) officials maintained that toll collection was smooth and that
the protests caused the
The locals said they decided to protest because there had been no water supply for days. One of the protesters said,The water supply is erratic and it is almost the peak of summer. How does one survive without water in these conditions?
A DGSCL official said,As soon as the jam lengthened,our traffic marshals and patrol cars were pressed into service. The marshals asked the protesters to leave the service lane as they were causing a huge traffic jam. The police were also called in later.
One of the commuters said,Traffic jams have become routine on the expressway. Either it is the long queues at toll plaza or some other snag. This hampers our work every day.
Sources said that the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) officials too had reached the spot. The protesters agreed to back down once the MCG officials assured them that the water supply would resume.
Police too rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the protesters. We reached the spot and attempted to pacify the residents. MCG officials gave the assurance and traffic began to move smoothly again, said Udyog Vihar SHO Amarjeet.