It is touted as a blessing for commuters, but travelling on the 24-km Gurgaon- Faridabad expressway will soon be ‘taxing’. For, the concessionaire firm, Reliance Infra-structure Limited, will soon levy toll on motorists.
"As soon as we get the completion certificate, we will start levying tax at the Faridabad border," said a senior Reliance Infrastructure official. The firm is likely get a completion certificate by June 18. Reliance submitted all documents to the public works department (PWD) on May 31 to get a green signal from the Haryana government to start collecting toll from the commuters.
Earlier, the toll collection had to start in March but the PWD had turned down concessionaire's application on the ground of incomplete work. The link road runs from the Faridabad border, near Bandhwari, to Bristol Chowk, near Sikandar-pur in Gurgaon. The PWD had held the concessionaire responsible for the delay.
"The file has now been sent to the Haryana government and an approval will be granted by June 18 latest. Once the concessionaire gets a completion certificate, they can start collecting toll as per the provisions laid in the agreement," said NK Gargg, superintending engineer (SE), PWD, adding that the concessionaire had delayed pending works on the stretch.
As per the agreement, the concessionaire was required to finish all the pending works on the stretch before applying for a completion certificate. In a story dated March 23, HT had reported how the firm had no plans whatsoever to install street lights along the stretch, as lighting was not part of its pact with the Haryana government.
However, the concessionaire firm, which installed reflectors and other arrow signs at curves and T-junctions, later agreed to will install six high mast lights, but only at vulnerable locations.
Without adequate lights, the road with many twist and turns and sharp curves would have been dangerous for commuters travelling in the evening hours. Moreover, there is heavy movement of trucks loaded with building materials.
“The road is dominated by trucks loaded with building material as there are a number of crusher zones along the road,” a daily commuter said.