How I Managed to Give the Massive Gurgaon Traffic Jam a Miss!

By Mridula Dwivedi July 30, 2016 18 Comments , , ,

I called home before boarding my flight at Dehradoon. It was July 28, 2016. My husband said there has been a heavy shower in Gurgaon and the likelihood was strong that I would get stuck in a traffic jam. At least my flight was on time. Little did I know that the massive Gurgaon Traffic Jam would be waiting for me!

When the aircraft was about to land at T3, I clicked the picture of NH 8 and it didn’t look good at all. After I got my baggage from the belt, I clicked the OLA App and to my surprise there was not a single taxi of any category available at T3. That was a first! Normally there is hardly a one minute wait and you get all kinds of taxis easily. When I came out the Meru and Mega taxi queues were going back into the terminal.

Now I had two options- to stand in the loooooooooooong Meru Cab line or to take the metro. However if I took the metro to Gurgaon, someone would have to pick me up from the metro station because it was getting late at night. Once again I called home and told them there were no taxis at T3.

Then the debate started- whether I should try to come to Gurgaon or should I go to my sister’s place in Ghaziabad? I was confused for about a span of five minutes. When I called my sisters she happily said that she would pick me up from the metro station if I decided to head her way. The minute my nephew (also known as Brat 2) told me it took him 3 hours to come home from work, I decided I would go to my sister’s place.

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The Airport Express Line was the Savior!

I took the airport metro line to Dwarka Sector 21 and then the blue line to my sister’s place. The metro was not crowded at all. Only at Rajiv Chowk the ladies’ coach got full. It emptied out again much before my stop.

I had started from Landour, and on top of that I have to take avomine because I have motion sickness on the mountain roads. After I sat beside my sister in her car, I was happy, I could finally relax and leave the thinking to her.

We reached home quickly and I was good to be at home. It was only after I started looking at the Facebook updates of friends who stay in Gurgaon, I realized what a massive traffic jam it was! I was lucky I escaped it by taking the metro and giving Gurgaon a miss altogether.

How I wish we would improve our infrastructure. How I wish we were not prone to such massive water logging. In fact while I was working I never enjoyed the rainy season, it is only after quitting my job I have started enjoying the rains. Earlier rains were synonymous with traffic jams. Now at least I have an option of giving them a miss!

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18 thoughts on “How I Managed to Give the Massive Gurgaon Traffic Jam a Miss!”

  1. It was a bad traffic jam with people getting stranded for 5-7 hours at a stretch. It was very wise of you to have given Gurgaon a total miss. High time the city admin and government takes imperative steps to improve this recurring annual problem.

  2. Every monsoon we get such news traffic jam after heavy rains in metro cities and flood situation in other part of country. And in news they were saying that few were stuck from more than 12 -15 hrs.

    1. NH8 from air was encouraging at all and then my nephew also said he was stuck even though he uses internal roads! Happy to give it a miss!

  3. It was and yes it is common in most of the major cities but this time Gurgaon has faced this problem and become headlines of media as it has international face . After all our Ghaziabad was ready to welcome you.

  4. Oh what a sensible decision it was to go to Ghaziabad ! Otherwise you would have spent more time going from the airport till ggn than you spent coming from landour till delhi 😛

  5. The first time is always a surprise. Unfortunately the way all our big cities are growing in an haphazard manner and the infrastructure being woefully inadequate, these kinds of nasty surprises are likely to be more frequent in the not so distant future.

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quite my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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