Gurgaon: Kherki Daula toll to be shifted 8 km towards Manesar from present location
Like the one at Sirhaul ( now removed), the 23-lane Kherki Daula toll plaza has become a major bottleneck on the 27.7-km expressway. The toll was made operational in 2008.gurgaon Updated: Aug 14, 2017 22:26 IST
Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari announced on Monday that Kherki Daula toll would be shifted eight kilometers towards Manesar from its present location on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The decision is likely to provide much needed relief to hundreds of commuters who cross the toll daily.
Like the one at Sirhaul ( now removed), the 23-lane Kherki Daula toll plaza has become a major bottleneck on the 27.7-km expressway. The toll was made operational in 2008.
HT had run a three-month campaign ‘Kherki Daula takes a toll on Gurgaon’ to support the demand of residents and industrialists to remove the toll plaza. The campaign had garnered huge support and set a stage for discussions for removal of the toll.
Commuters remain stuck in long queues of vehicles every day. Office-goers and employees working in industrial townships of Manesar, Dharuhera and Bhiwadi, who pass through the stretch every day, find the toll very troublesome.
Speaking at an event at Badshahpur in Gurgaon on Monday, Gadkari said the Haryana government needed to provide land for setting up a new toll. He said the toll would be shifted within three months of the state government providing land.
“Give me this land and I promise that a world class toll plaza would be constructed where latest technology for passage of vehicles would be introduced,” said Gadkari while speaking at the inaugural function of an underpass at Rajiv Chowk and a flyover at Maharana Pratap Chowk.
Manesar industrialists claim that the 8-km distance means the toll would go beyond Manesar, providing a big relief to a large number of industry owners in Manesar. The industrialists have long been demanding removal of the toll.
“It is a welcome move. A long pending demand of the area has been fulfilled. The toll was badly affecting industries and new sectors for which people has to cross the toll,” Manmohan Gaind, vice president, Manesar Industrial Welfare Association, said.
Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, IMT Industrial Association, said the move is laudable and would spur growth of industries. “The removal of the toll will connect Delhi to the rest of NCR in Haryana,” Tyagi said.
Hailing the decision, Gurgaon MP and Union minister of state, Rao Inderjit Singh assured Gadkari that he along with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar would ensure that land is made available for not only the toll but other projects as well.
Gadkari also asked the state government to shift a high tension power line to expedite construction of Delhi-Jaipur Expressway, which would be an access control road to be built at a cost of ₹40,000 crore. He also assured that work on the Dwarka Expressway would be commenced within next three months.
The decision is likely to bring relief to a large number of real estate projects located beyond the toll. The projects were finding it tough to get buyers as the toll became a bottleneck.
“This move will substantially reduce the travel time to the new Gurgaon area and boost connectivity,” said Anunpam Varshney, head sales and marketing, Vatika Limited, which has many housing projects in new sectors.
“Decision will greatly benefit the residents of new sectors and give a boost to real estate industry. It will ensure speedier overall growth in the city,” Dharmender Bhandari, managing director, Bestech, a realty firm, said.
The Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was opened to commuters in 2008. The National Highways Authority of India in February 2012 issued a show-cause notice for termination of contract of the then concessionaire DGSCL for Sirhaul toll plaza at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, but the matter reached Delhi high court. In February 2013, the NHAI issued a contract termination notice to DGSCL after alleged financial irregularities and the toll was razed in February 2014.
HT had run a 53-day campaign ‘Taking a Toll’ that highlighted the problems faced by commuters resulting in termination of the contract.