The Haryana government on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that inconvenience caused to commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was bringing disrepute to it and sought termination of the concession agreement between the NHAI and its operator.
If the proposal, which has also been suggested by financier Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation’s (IDFC), is agreed by all, around 2,00,000 vehicles plying between Delhi and the Millennium City won’t have to pay the toll amount.
The Haryana government urged the court to consider the suggestions it had to offer to resolve the issue which included removal of both the toll plazas and termination of operator Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity with a payment of R118 crore.
Justice Manmohan Singh will hear Haryana’s plea on July 31.
Referring to the IDFC suggestion for removing the first toll plaza at the border and shifting the second at Kherki Daula beyond Gurgaon’s city limits, Haryana said, “It has been requesting the NHAI and the union transport ministry for removal of both the toll plazas.”
“The state of Haryana expects an early solution to this. It is a source of inconvenience to commuters as the toll plazas cause huge traffic snarls and hinder economic development of the area,” the state said.
The NHAI has been engaged in a legal battle with the expressway operator since February 2012. The court gave time to the NHAI and the operator DGSCL to discuss IDFC’s suggestion to resolve the issue.
The concessionaire had told the court that it was ready to get out of the project provided it was cleared of all the liabilities.
“It is a gross misinterpretation of facts to say that the toll plaza is running in losses. It is also an injustice as attempts are being made to push us out when profits have started coming in after we invested so much in the project,” said senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing the DGSCL.