Commuters travelling from Delhi to Gurgaon can bid goodbye to long queues at the Sirhaul Toll (KM 24) as three additional lanes are being added to the existing 16.
With this, the total number of lanes on the Delhi side will increase to 19, while the total number of lanes on both sides will increase to 35.
At present, construction work is underway and the existing sidewalls, pillars and lamp posts are being dismantled.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator, Praveen Kumar, inspected the site on Saturday to take stock of the situation.
He also directed DS Constructions, the toll-maintaining agency, to complete construction work within
Officials of DS Constructions said they will add 10 to 12 lanes on both the sides in future.
“Currently, we have 16 fixed lanes and two reversible lanes on each side. The additional three lanes on the Delhi-Gurgaon side will ease congestion by about 25 per cent,” said the spokesperson of DS Constructions.
Upon completion, staff will be deployed at the three additional lanes and they will carry out operations till a final decision is taken by Huda, Gurgaon traffic police and DS Constructions.
The issue of lane-widening was discussed during a meeting held between National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) chairman AK Upadhyay, Huda administrator Kumar and officials of DS Constructions on February 13.
The matter came up for discussion after a proposal was forwarded by the Huda administrator. “The chairman had given his nod to the widening work. This is being done in the larger interest of the public,” said Kumar.
Heavy traffic jams are witnessed during peak hours at the toll plaza. With long queues of vehicles becoming a routine affair, city residents have staged several protests demanding removal of the toll plaza.
Gurgaon residents have also given several representations to NHAI, Gurgaon administration, and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for removing the toll plaza.