The legal troubles surrounding the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway have proved to be a blessing in disguise for commuters as no hike is expected in the toll rates for the second consecutive year.
As per the contractual agreement between the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and operator Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), the toll rates are revised every year and made effective from April 1. The rates are calculated as per the agreed-upon formula based on wholesale price index (WPI).
The last revision had come into effect from April 1, 2011 when the toll for cars crossing the Delhi border toll plaza was hiked from R20 to R21. There was no revision in 2012 owing to the termination of the operator contract pending in the Delhi High Court.
The 27.7-km-long expressway connecting Rao Tula Ram Marg in Delhi and Kherki Daula (42km Milestone in Gurgaon) with three toll plazas was thrown open in January 2008. Five years after the Gurgaon expressway was launched, the project had more than its share of troubles.
Though traffic jams have always been synonymous with the expressway, court litigations emerged as the major issue in the last one year with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) serving contract termination notice to the operator.
On February 17, the NHAI served contract termination notice to Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), alleging that the firm had changed financiers, secured loans and used the money without its approval. Last year, the DGSCL too had moved court against Gurgaon police on charges of interfering with toll and boom barrier operations.
Noida residents to protest hike
new delhi: Residents of Noida have given a seven-day ultimatum to the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway operator to withdraw the hiked toll rates or they would launch an agitation.
The Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL), the flyway operator, increased the toll by up to 20% from Sunday midnight.
The RWAs will write to the NTBCL chairman, seeking withdrawal of the hiked rates. At present, four-wheeler owners have to pay R25 instead of R22, while two-wheeler drivers have to cough up R12 against R11. Toll for commercial light vehicles is now Rs. 55 against Rs. 45.