Commuters using the Kherki-Daula toll plaza on the Gurgaon Expressway can heave a sigh of relief as the expressway management firm has started work to add three more lanes to the 16-lane plaza.
The expansion plan was laid after the visit of NHAI chairman AK Upadhyay along with the member of Parliament from Gurgaon, Rao Inderjeet Singh.
The concessionaire firm, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), has started setting up three more lanes, two on one side and one on the opposite side.
With this, the total number of lanes on this toll plaza would go up to 19, bringing down the waiting time for vehicles.
However, the decision on the expansion of the 32-lane Delhi Border toll plaza, where the number of lanes is proposed to be increased up to 50, continues to hang fire for want of land.
On October 15, the NHAI chairman and Gurgaon MP, along with officials of DGSCL, toured the entire expressway up to Manesar to have a first-hand experience of the problems being faced by a regular commuter.
“We have started digging land for setting up two more toll lanes (along with booths) on the Jaipur to Delhi side and one additional lane on the Delhi-Jaipur side. Since there was no need for acquisition of land for these three lanes, we have started work on the directions of NHAI,” said an DGSCL official.
The company said it would take about four months to complete the project as the new lanes and toll collection booths will also be provided with vehicle sensors, CCTV cameras, computers and other gadgets to synchronise work with existing booths, as per the NHAI guidelines.
The company officials said that the expansion of the 32-lane Delhi border toll plaza was not possible immediately as land had to be acquired for it.