After huge traffic jams, Gurgaon police gear up to prevent recurrence

Gurgaon: Gurgaon Police has stationed inspector-rank officers round-the-clock at 14 crucial points on important roads to prevent the kind of massive traffic jams that paralysed the city on Thursday and Friday, said Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk. "Fourteen crucial points have been chosen mainly on the NH8 (Delhi-Jaipur) and NH248 (Gurgaon-Alwar) and forces deployed 24x7 for the same," Virk said here on Saturday. "At each point inspector-rank officers have been deployed along with police personnel as per requirement of each spot," he said. Virk said the police officers and other personnel will work in two shifts: from 8a.m. to 8p.m. and then the 12-hour night shift.  "These duties will continue till further orders," he said.  The crucial points include Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Jharsa Chowk, Signature Tower Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Shankar Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Golf Course Extension Road intersection on Sohna Road, Main Chowk in Sohna, Maharana Pratap Chowk. The other four points are Atul Kataria Chowk, IMT Manesar Chowk, HUDA City Center Station and its vicinity and Sector 31 redlight signal and its vicinity. Gurgaon Police and other authorities were strongly criticised after heavy rain and water-logging led to the worst-ever traffic jams in the city from Thursday evening to Friday evening.  Thousands of motorists were stuck for many hours on a stretch of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (NH8) between Rajiv Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk, going towards Jaipur.  On Friday, there was over four feet of water at Hero Honda chowk on NH 8 due to due to breaching of Badshahpur drain. Meanwhile, a top official scotched rumours that Virk has been transferred as commissioner because he failed to tackle the traffic situation. "The news of transfer of Commissioner of Police Virk is sheer rumour and there is no such order till now," said R.S. Sangwan, Deputy Director, National Capital Region Public Relations.  Sangwan said there was currently no water on Hero Honda Chowk on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway and the drains of NHAI and Khandsa were also low on water. He said pumps have been used to remove water at Hero Honda Chowk and NH-8.