There was complete chaos at the Delhi border toll plaza on Thursday evening after the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday allowed the concessionaire, Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), to collect toll tax from commercial vehicles.
After the HC directive, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) agents positioned themselves ahead of the toll plaza to guide drivers to the lanes where DGSCL staff were collecting tax. This resulted in a huge jam at the toll plaza.
The court allowed toll collection at four lanes on one side. The corporation agents were seen struggling to sort out Delhi-bound commercial vehicles, approaching the toll plaza from Gurgaon.
“The SDMC personnel are sorting out vehicles ahead of the toll plaza, leading to jams. They should position themselves after the toll gates to check if commercial vehicles have paid the tax,” said a DGSCL spokesperson.
Confusion among commuters is due to the lack of information regarding the HC order, he added.
Many private vehicles entered the dedicated four lanes meant for commercial vehicles, affecting traffic flow. Similar scenes were witnessed at free lanes too. “We are allowing private vehicles to pass the dedicated lanes meant for commercial vehicles. Similarly, commercial vehicles, entering the free lanes, were allowed to go without paying toll fee today as they were not aware of the development,” said an SDMC official posted at the toll gate.