A family outing on Wednesday ended on a sour note for a Gurgaon resident as he got involved in a fight with the toll booth staff at Sirhaul following a concession demand.
“I was returning with my family yesterday evening around 8 pm when a booth attendant misbehaved with us. Being a Gurgaon resident, I demanded concession in toll and showed him my ID card also. But he did not budge,” said Pareekhshit Mahlawat, 31, a resident of Jharsa.
Mahlawat, an advocate at the district court in Gurgaon, added, “He asked for my ID card, which I furnished, but he insisted I pay the full amount. When I pressed the matter, he became abusive and even called the bouncers stationed at the plaza. I proposed to pay the entire sum and get done with it, but he did not listen to me.”
“He seized my licence and told me to pay up if I wanted it back; he treated me like a criminal,” said a visibly embarrassed Mahlawat. The scene went on for nearly half an hour, resulting in a long queue of vehicles, after which the other motorists came out and mobbed the booth.
These complaints were not new, members of Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti told HT. “Such sordid situations are quite common here. Toll tax has to be charged at the concessional rate of 50% for local personal vehicles according to the agreement. However, the concession is denied to local commuters,” said RS Rathee, vice-president of the body.
Though traffic volume is increasing every day, nobody is concerned about finding alternative connectivity, he added. Moreover, absence of proper service lanes, foot over bridges and underpasses at strategic points leads to accidents, Rathee said.