No toll on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway for 15 days: CourtSeptember 4th, 2012 - 9:40 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh/Gurgaon, Sep 4 (IANS) Slamming traffic snarls at the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway toll plaza, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday barred its operator from collecting any charges from motorists for 15 days starting midnight Tuesday.
A division bench comprising Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar restrained expressway concessionaire Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL) from collecting toll.
The bench expressed its displeasure at the concessionaire not being able to control traffic snarls at the busy toll plaza used by tens of thousands of vehicles every day. The concessionaire collects thousands of rupees from toll daily.
A DGSCL spokesman said in Gurgaon that the company would follow the court’s direction and not charge toll from commuters for the next 15 days from midnight Tuesday.
The court directed the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to convene a meeting with the concessionaire and the Haryana government to find a permanent solution to the traffic snarls at the toll plaza.
The court pointed out that the differences between the three sides were leading to unnecessary harassment of commuters.
The toll plaza sees long queues of cars and other vehicles, causing traffic jams, throughout the day. Commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway have been facing a harrowing time due to the snarls.
The high court directed the Haryana government to provide adequate security at the toll plaza for the next 15 days.
Counsel for the concessionaire argued that the state authorities and the NHAI were not cooperating in finding a solution to the traffic problem, leading to chaos at the toll plaza. However, the court did not find favour with the argument.
The court would next hear the case Sep 20.
The DGSCL spokesman said: “We respect the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and would discuss with the NHAI and the administration over the next few days to come up with a long term solution.”
“Since 2008, we have proposed to the NHAI various options to ease congestion at the toll plaza, including the vital aspect of toll plaza expansion,” said the spokesperson.
“We have submitted several plans to the NHAI for the expansion of the toll plaza since 2009 but till date these have not yet been approved. We are also discussing with the NHAI several other measures and initiatives that would improve the commuting experience,” he said.
The spokesman said a petition related to the issue was pending before the Delhi High Court which was reviewing a settlement agreement between the parties involved.
Some measures being discussed with the NHAI included a review of the entry/exit modifications on the expressway, installation of real time traffic monitoring systems, penalisation of cash users in tag lanes, blocking of the U-turn for Ambience Mall and discounts to attract more tag users, the company said.
- Operator charges toll at two Gurgoan plazas - Sep 05, 2012
- Free ride on Gurgaon expressway till Sep 25 - Sep 20, 2012
- Jam free traffic promised on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway - Sep 19, 2012
- NHAI, Gurgaon expressway operator get time for talks - Aug 30, 2012
- Considering out-of-court solution on expressway: NHAI - Aug 06, 2012
- NHAI, Gurgaon expressway operator settle dispute (Lead) - Sep 18, 2012
- DGSCL files contempt petition against NHAI - Mar 27, 2012
- NHAI, private firm settle Gurgaon toll plaza issue - Jul 05, 2012
- 'Accidents rise on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway' - Apr 13, 2012
- Top cop who took on Gurgaon toll plaza transferred - Sep 18, 2012
- Court restrains NHAI on contract termination - Mar 02, 2012
- Two toll employees on Gurgaon Expressway held for extortion - Sep 21, 2012
- SC declines to interfere with expressway's toll order - Sep 12, 2012
- Toll rates hiked on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway - Apr 01, 2010
- Mumbai-based toll operator bags NHAI contract for toll collection - May 17, 2011
Tags: adequate security, chandigarh, commuters, concessionaire, displeasure, division bench, gurgaon, haryana government, jasbir singh, long term solution, national highways authority, nhai, other vehicles, permanent solution, punjab and haryana high court, rakesh, state authorities, traffic jams, traffic problem, traffic snarls