Vehicles exempted from toll get dedicated lanes
Following HT’s relentless coverage on the mismanagement at the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway toll plazas, the concessionaire has earmarked two lanes on each side of the Sirhaul plaza for the ‘special category’ vehicles exempted from paying tax.gurgaon Updated: Aug 27, 2013 02:33 IST
Following HT’s relentless coverage on the mismanagement at the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway toll plazas, the concessionaire has earmarked two lanes on each side of the Sirhaul plaza for the ‘special category’ vehicles exempted from paying tax.
The Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) has also deputed additional traffic marshals to help these vehicles steer past these lanes without any difficulty.
Some of the vehicles that currently enjoy toll-free rides include ambulances, fire tenders and official vehicles transporting and accompanying the president of India, the vice president of India, the prime minister, governors, chief ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, among others.
The vehicles exempted from toll charges earlier used any of the 32 lanes at the toll plaza, thereby getting stuck among other vehicles.
A DGSCL spokesperson said the move would ensure this problem is resolved.
"At the Sirhaul toll plaza, we have earmarked two lanes on the extreme left while going to Gurgaon for special category vehicles. Similarly, the two lanes on left while going to Delhi can be used by these vehicles for enjoying the toll-free ride. We have started announcing the same at the public address system for the benefit of the commuters. These four lanes are all-cash lanes and not used much," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that signboards have been erected on the lanes dedicate for the exempted vehicles.
As the traffic volume on the main carriageway increases each day, a car takes about half an hour to cross the two toll plazas on the way to Jaipur from Delhi.
"It should ideally take 12 to 15 minutes. This is wastage of time and the local traffic should be separated from the carriageway traffic," said KK Thakur, a Dwarka resident who commutes daily to Bawal.
The worst-hit is the stretch between Sirhaul toll plaza and Iffco Chowk with Ambience Mall and DLF Cyber City on the right, and Udyog Vihar on the left (while moving in the Delhi-Gurgaon direction).
"The traffic bottlenecks between Sirhaul and Iffco Chowk especially during rush hours is mainly because local vehicles of Udyog Vihar and Cyber City merge near that stretch," said RN Malik, retired chief engineer of the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).
The standard specification says that the minimum distance between two entry/exit points should be at least 1.02km, but on the expressway there are four extra entry/exit points within a kilometre or so.