Residents of Sectors 4,5 9, 21, 22, 23, Palam Vihar, Dundahera and Bajghera villages and those who commute to and fro from Udyog Vihar — by taking a longer route through the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza to reach New Delhi — can now heave a sigh of relief.
At present, commuters have to go all the way through Shankar Chowk to reach the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza.
The prospects of a solution to the ongoing dispute between the toll operator and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and setting up of an additional 4-5 lane toll plaza have increased after the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC), on Wednesday, disposed off the application of the toll operator, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL).
Earlier this year, the toll operator had received a stay order against any attempt to open a 30-metre link road that connects these areas directly to the service road adjoining the present toll and expressway.
A senior DGSCL official claimed that the court had disposed off the petition in their favour, while restricting the HSIIDC and directing government authorities not to forcibly open the new link to the expressway and find an amicable solution to the issue.
Wednesday’s development, however, does not imply that the link road will open with immediate effect as another HC division bench order will find a solution to it.
The DGSCL had been contending that opening of the link road will lead to toll leakage whereas the HSIIDC has maintained that there can be another 4-5 lane toll plaza adjacent to the present one for commuters, taking the link road in addition to the existing 32-lane toll plaza.
HSIIDC officials said the Wednesday court order had offered an opportunity for all stake holders to work on an amicable solution to the issue of an additional link and toll plaza.
“We will call a meeting of all constituents and discuss the issue again. We as well as the RWAs are not against the toll plaza but need additional access to the Expressway from Udyog Vihar. This is because the main toll plaza is congested during the peak hours,” he added.
Earlier, RWAs and Udyog Vihar-based industrialists had forcibly tried to open the link road in March this year. Following this, the toll operator took a stay from the HC, contending that additional access to the expressway from Udyog Vihar would result in toll leakage.