Financier IDFC will then appoint a new operator to run operations and management of the remaining two toll plazas on the expressway.
The agreement is based on the May 2013 NHAI proposal allowing the current toll operator DGSCL to exit the project and walk free of all obligations to the project. In return, DGSCL had agreed to let go off the `988 crore demanded by it in relation to the project work.
Almost two lakh vehicles cross the Sirhaul toll plaza every day.
After the first toll plaza is removed, commuters will have to pay toll – which will be double the amount that they paid earlier -- only at the second toll plaza at Kherki Dhaula which goes to Manesar and Jaipur. An estimated 50,000 vehicles cross the Kherki-Dhaula toll plaza daily.
Once the toll plaza is removed, NHAI will make an alternate facility for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to collect ‘entry tax’ from commercial vehicles entering the Capital. A large portion of the expressway road will be left open for free traffic movement, the NHAI had earlier assured the court.