The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed the national highway authority of India (NHAI) to improve the condition of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and service lanes near to the Sirhol toll plaza in Gurgaon at the earliest for the smooth flow of traffic.
The division bench comprising justice SK Mittal and justice Amol Rattan Singh, hearing the petition filed by the concessionaire, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), also directed all the concerned parties in the case to convene a meeting before next date of hearing and inform the developments to the court.
During the arguments of the case, Haryana government’s counsel informed the court that the NHAI was not taking the case seriously and there was a need for the maintenance of road and services lanes near to the toll plaza.
The Gurgaon police informed the court that authorities were conducting meetings at regular intervals to ponder over the issue and to make the toll plaza less congested for smooth flow of vehicles.
Justice SK Mittal said that he would himself be making a visit to the Sirhol toll plaza in a day or two to have first hand account of the ground situation. He also cited an example where a serious patient could not reach the hospital in time due to the traffic jam at the toll plaza.
However, justice Amol Rattan Singh asked the Haryana government to also look at the condition of traffic snarls at Karnal toll plaza where sometimes the traffic comes to halt for almost on a distance of one kilometer.
The matter has now be posted for next hearing on February 19.