By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter www.gulfnews.com
Dubai: A steep increase in traffic on alternative routes between Dubai and Sharjah since the introduction of two new Salik gates on Al Ittihad Road and Airport Tunnel has left residents in Al Ghusais, Al Nahda, Al Twar and Oud Al Muteena fuming.
They say that the usually smooth traffic movement in the area has been severely disrupted as roads in Dubai areas adjoining Sharjah, particularly Al Ghusais, are clogged by motorists trying to avoid the Salik toll.
The Salik toll gates on Al Ittihad Road and Airport Tunnel became active on April 15, charging motorists Dh4 for passing through the gate.
The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) introduced the toll gates in an attempt to reduce traffic on the perennially clogged Al Ittihad Road that serves as the main link between Dubai and Sharjah. The RTA officials were not available for comment despite repeated requests. More info