The recent spate of violent incidents on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, including the killing of a toll collector for Rs 27, has forced authorities to upgrade its security arrangements.
The Haryana government, along with its Delhi counterpart, has decided to increase patrolling to catch those who indulge in speeding and rash driving on the 27.7-km long fast and dangerous stretch that has claimed more than 150 lives so far.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) or the expressway concessionaire firm may install more equipment such as speed cameras and high-quality CCTVs.
The respective police departments, however, may charge some extra amount from NHAI or the operator to provide these services, officials said on Friday.
A high-level meeting headed by Samir Mathur, Haryana principal secretary for home, was called for the first time on the issue of law enforcement on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway at the Gurgaon police commissioner's office on Friday.
Delhi joint commissioner of police (traffic) also attended the meeting that was called on directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The expressway concessionaire company, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), and parents of an accident victim had moved court alleging non-deployment of sufficient police personnel for patrolling and lack of safety and security measures.
“According to the state support agreement, we have a legal obligation to provide dedicated police personnel to man traffic and patrol on the Gurgaon Expressway, subject to payments. We have, however, already been doing it without charging any money. We have decided to meet again at the end of the month to work out the exact requirement of police personnel and PCR vans for the expressway. The standard operating procedure will also be finalised to spell out responsibilities of each stakeholder," Mathur told Hindustan Times.
He said the concessionaire firm has failed to meet its obligations such as installing CCTVs all along the stretch as well as at the toll plazas.
Delhi JCP (traffic) Satyendra Garg, meanwhile, said it was not possible to depute PCR vans with speed guns or chase and intercept speeding vehicles on this fast stretch as it could be fatal for commuters. He suggested that DGSCL install speed sensors. “With this, we would be able to intercept offenders and take action,” Garg added.