NHAI for touch and go smart cards
A meeting of top officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway operator, Haryana government and police department was held on Monday to discuss a decongestion plan.gurgaon Updated: Sep 11, 2012 23:47 IST
A meeting of top officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway operator, Haryana government and police department was held on Monday to discuss a decongestion plan.
The NHAI suggested the concessionaire firm start a smart card touch and go service on the same pattern as the smart card for Delhi Metro.
The meeting laid emphasis on the extended use of electronic toll collection systems. Besides this, the NHAI also suggested that the operator, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), popularise the use of ‘smart tags’ by offering attractive schemes to commuters.
The smart tags reduce waiting time at the toll plaza as users skip making cash payments.
Another suggestion that came up in the meeting was to block redundant road cuts as well as unauthorised entry and exit points on the expressway. A final call will be taken before September 20 when the NHAI, Haryana government, Gurgaon police and DGSCL have to file their respective replies in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
On September 4, the court had directed the state government and NHAI to prepare a traffic plan for easing traffic woes on the expressway. At present, nearly 90,000 commuters use smart tags, a device that allows non-stop travel. Users can pass through the toll lanes without halting as boom barriers lift automatically on sensing the card.
On the other hand, non-tag users have to halt at the toll booths. Nearly 2 lakh commuters pass the Delhi-border toll plaza daily. At present, 45% of the total commuters use smart tags on the expressway while the DGSCL wants it to increase to about 60-70%.
However, officials of all the stakeholders remained tightlipped on the issue. “DGSCL would not like to comment as discussions are still on with NHAI and the local administration regarding the matter,” said a spokesperson.
Another important suggestion that came up for discussion was about penalising motorists violating traffic rules laid down by the Gurgaon and Delhi traffic police. Since DGSCL lacks regulatory powers of fining commuters, the police have been asked to intervene.