Delhiites won’t wait for a VIP to open expressway
Sychophancy of the Delhi Babu is keeping public away from flyovers constructed with with public funds and ready for use.
People power came into play when, tired by the roadblocks in smooth commuting, Delhiites decided to inaugurate the beleaguered Delhi-Gurgaon expressway stretch at the Rao Tula Ram Road-Palam Road on Monday.
The expressway has been awaiting a VVIP to inaugurate it for the last two months. The issue was reported in Mail Today.
Members of various Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) of Delhi and Gurgaon came together to inaugurate the expressway that will reduce the distance between Delhi and Gurgaon to less than 15 minutes.
The residents tried to drive their vehicles on the expressway through the Vasant Vihar and Dhaula Kuan side.
They were soon joined by regular commuters who were stuck in traffic near Subroto Park.
“My cab was stuck in a traffic jam. When I saw media vans and the crowd here, I thought it’s been inaugurated. I told my driver to wait for a while and take the flyover instead of moving at a snail’s speed. It’s good that people have taken the initiative to inaugurate this flyover,” said Ranjana Mehrotra, an software engineer working in Noida, who was stuck near Subroto Park.
Ranjana, a resident of Gurgaon, travels everyday to Noida for work. “In the morning, I start early that’s why I reach office in an hour’s time, but in the evening it takes me more than two hours to reach home.”
The commuters have to face a heavy traffic jam near Subroto Park everyday. “This stretch could be covered in five to 10 minutes, but due to traffic jams, we always get delayed by almost an hour,” says Rahul Chabra, an executive with an MNC in Noida.
Many, like Amit Agarwal of Vasant Kunj, questioned if Delhi actually needed VVIPs to inaugurate a public project.
“There have been many flyover projects in Delhi, including the ones at Yamuna Bazaar behind Red Fort, at South Extension, Zakhira and Shahdara, which have been opened first to public and inaugurated later. They could have done the same here too and saved us the daily ordeal,’’ Agarwal said.
Though RWA members could not move the heavy concrete barricades on the flyover to make way for cars, people did take a walk on it.
The RWA members performed a puja to inaugurate the flyover. Accusing the Delhi government of deliberately delaying the inauguration in order to cash in on it in the coming state elections, they said it was a gross misuse of public funds.
It is the common man who is suffering on a daily basis. Ministers don’t get stuck in traffic jam, that’s why they have no idea how frustrating it is to move at a speed of 10 km/per hour, especially after a day’s work,” said R.K. Khanna, RWA coordinator, Pitampura.
Why should important flyover projects be inaugurated by ministers or VVIPs? These flyovers are for general public and should be made operational as soon as the work is complete,” said Sanjay Kaul, president, United RWAs Joint Action.