More steps to decongest e-way plaza by Sunday
The Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Gurgaon expressway concessionaire to implement a slew of measures to decongest the toll plaza near the Delhi border by Sunday.chandigarh Updated: Sep 21, 2012 00:25 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Gurgaon expressway concessionaire to implement a slew of measures to decongest the toll plaza near the Delhi border by Sunday.
These measures were suggested by the stakeholders — the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Haryana government — in an undertaking submitted on Thursday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, which had earlier directed the concessionaire, not to collect toll for 15 days till September 20, extended the ban till September 25, the next date for hearing.
The court ordered the firm to put in place 21 more toll booths — taking the total number to 53 from current strength of 32. Besides, the court has asked firm to fix the waiting time at the toll plaza to 10 minutes. If the waiting time crosses 10 minutes, boom barriers should be lifted to allow vehicles to pass through unhindered.
In this context, the NHAI counsel stated that a cross line would be marked in the lanes to accommodate a maximum of 80 vehicles beyond which if the queue persisted the barriers would be lifted to ease congestion.
As per the undertaking given in the high court on Thursday, the NHAI and concessionaire agreed to mark tag lanes in red colour for easy identification.
On the question of penalising the cash lane users entering tag lanes, the court directed the Haryana government to do its bit — like deploying more police personnel — on the basis of the conditions laid down in the state-support agreement. The concessionaire has also agreed to deploy five toll collection agents each on all the cash lanes.
Status quo will be maintained on the issue of U-turn near Ambience Mall. Further, they have offered to construct a subway or an overhead crossover facility on cost sharing basis.
2 toll agents booked
The city police have registered a case of extortion against two toll collection agents for forcibly charging fee of Rs 21 from a commuter, Kamal Verma. Verma was driving his Mitsubishi Lancer car through Delhi border (Sirhaul) toll plaza to go to Delhi. The accused, Jackei and Sanjay, have been arrested.