Citizens in Gurgaon, who were out on the roads after midnight, reportedly were stuck in a nightmarish 7-hour long traffic jam, after the Delhi government's environment tax collection drive led to protests.
Gurgaon police reported bumper-to-bumper traffic on national highway 8 from Sirhaul Toll to Rajiv Chowk, after drivers protesting against the toll collection parked their vehicles that led to a massive traffic jam.
The Gurgaon traffic jam began after midnight on Friday and cleared only after seven hours on Saturday, according to The Times of India.
The environment tax collection drive by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on commercial vehicles saw several drivers protest by parking their vehicles on the Delhi-Jaipur highway, according to the report.
"Made arrangements to divert traffic on NH8 from Bilaspur to other routes and also requested Rewari and Alwar to assist in a similar manner," the Gurgaon police said on their Twitter account.
At 9.15 am on Saturday, the Gurgaon police said the traffic was finally moving smoothly from Gurgaon to Delhi.
Traffic on NH8 from Sirhaul Toll to Rajiv Chowk is Bumper to Bumper due to Delhi Govt collecting "Environment Tax" on Commercial Vehicles...
— Gurgaon Police (@gurgaonpolice) November 7, 2015
7Nov@0915 hrs Traffic flowing smoothly from Gurgaon towards Delhi for last one hour now — Gurgaon Police (@gurgaonpolice) November 7, 2015
Haryana-Delhi admin, please do something. Was stuck with medicines for an ill person. Had to walk to destination. https://t.co/0M28iMN9As
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) November 7, 2015
Incoming traffic from Gurgaon side to Delhi on NH8 is piled up in sude Haryana.Toll/Tax collection taking time & building up jam. — Muktesh Chander IPS (@mukteshchander) November 7, 2015