The court of highway administration on Thursday handed out an ultimatum to Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), the concessionaire firm entrusted with managing the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, and set a July 12 deadline for it to repair the main carriageway and the adjacent service roads.
“There was a hearing today regarding the notice sent on the maintenance of service roads on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. We have responded to this and presented our point of view on this issue. The matter is sub-judice and the date of the next hearing has been set for July 12,” said a DGSCL spokesperson.
If the company fails to act, the National Highways Authority of India would proceed with the repair work using funds from the Centre and the expenditure would later be collected from the concessionaire. Also, an additional 15% of the expenditure would be levied on DGSCL as damages.
Presiding over the court, highway administrator Ashok Kumar Sharma told Manoj Aggarwal, the CEO of DGSCL, that although people had been giving the company toll at two places, the company had failed to maintain the highway as well as the service roads. This, Sharma said, was against public interest and told Aggarwal that the carriageway and service lanes would have to be restored to the pre-damage condition.