Over 2,000 industrial units of Manesar said the Haryana industries’ body has not yet conveyed any message to them on the removal of Kherki Daula toll plaza after a board meeting in which a committee was set up to find a solution in a week.
The committee was set up by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to do a survey of industrial units and construction projects affected by daily traffic mess at Kherki Daula.
After repeated complaints from industrialists, the HSIIDC had held a board meeting at Chandigarh on January 25 to discuss the Kherki Daula toll issue. The meeting discussed the possibility of removing or shifting the toll plaza elsewhere else by paying liabilities to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). During the meeting, the HSIIDC agreed to the NHAI’s proposal to pay Rs 600 crore liabilities for the toll.
The industries continue to be afflicted by the traffic chaos on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway with long lines of vehicles on either sides of the toll plaza.
Manoj Tyagi, general secretary, IMT Manesar Industrial Association, said, “The committee was to submit its report by February 2. After that, the HSIIDC was to convey to us the outcome of the report. We are waiting for a further move on the Kherki Daula toll plaza that continues to create massive traffic mess. Industries are directly affected by the jams and we agreed to pay Rs 200 crore to the HSIIDC but even after 10 days, there is complete silence.”
During normal working days, the toll plaza turns a bottleneck for commuters between Delhi and Jaipur.
Om Prakash, another industrialist, said, “On Friday, my clients got stuck at the toll plaza and reached Manesar one- hour late. The traffic mess is a daily phenomenon and we have been demanding removal of the toll plaza. We are surprised why the HSIIDC is not taking a strong step.”
Sudhir Rajpal, managing director, HSIIDC, said, “We will soon hold another meeting in this regard.”