In a fresh twist to movement for removal of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, industries’ representatives of Manesar said they could move a petition in the Supreme Court as a last resort to get the toll plaza removed. The industries had earlier refused to contribute Rs200 crore to pay for its removal, as proposed by the Haryana State Industries and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).
“In December, the HSIIDC had said the toll will be removed at the earliest for sure. Almost four months have passed, but we do not see any sign of action by the Haryana government to remove or shift the toll plaza. We want to get permanent relief from the perennial toll traffic jam. That is why we have decided to move a petition in the Supreme Court or the Punjab and Haryana high court,” said Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, IMT Manesar industrial association.
Sunil Singh Pawar, senior officer of business planning in Denso, and a member of the association, has been appointed as legal expert to guide the move.
“We have been trying to gather as much information as possible and have also decided to meet members of the Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti that took strong steps against the Sirhaul toll in 2011-12. We also have appointed a team to seek every important detail from the government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) through RTI. We think we can file a PIL in the Supreme Court,” said Pawar.
The association has called a meeting of all its members. According to the industrialists, the toll plaza is a big problem for free movement of their goods and raw material.
“The previous concessionaire that built this expressway recovered more than 10 times its investment. It then took another loan in 2010 to build the KMP expressway and exited this project, leaving behind all the bank liabilities. Now, banks are operating the toll plaza for their recoveries that they claim stand at around Rs1,800 crore. This is all very surprising and should be audited since the total cost of this project was Rs700 crore. We have to bring facts to the fore,” said Pawar.