The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has failed to improve infrastructure on the Gurgaon expressway even after it got its share of R50 crore from the total toll collection of R640 crore till December 2011.
Besides, the NHAI also has in its kitty the negative grant of R61 crore from the concessionaire firm at the time of issuing the tender in 2005.
In total, the NHAI earned R111 crore from the Gurgaon expressway project.
But the authority continues to be at loggerheads with the Haryana government over sharing project costs of proposed underpasses and pedestrian bridges.
More than 300 people, mainly pedestrians, have died in accidents on the expressway since it was opened in 2008.
As per the terms and conditions of the concessionaire agreement, the toll operator and NHAI share the amount of toll collected on 50% basis only when the daily traffic volume crosses 1.3 lakh vehicles.
The traffic volume had crossed this benchmark in the very second month of the launch of the expressway in February 2008 and since then NHAI has been receiving 50 % of the toll collection over and above the 1.3 lakh vehicles.
The average daily traffic volume on Gurgaon expressway these days is 1.9 lakh.
Sources in NHAI said the total spending so far on the expressway has been around R6 crore for three footover bridges and R13 crore for erecting fences on the median.
“In a meeting last month when we took up the issue of rising fatal accidents on the expressway due to lack of underpasses and FOBs, NHAI officials said they had set up three FOBs at a cost of about R6 crore. The NHAI has earned over R100 crore from the project but is still fighting with the Haryana government for sharing cost of proposed infrastructure projects,” said RS Rathee, president of Gurgaon Citizen's Council.
Ratan Singh, chairman of the Federation of RWAs (FORWA), said the lack of pedestrian crossing facilities between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza had proved fatal for residents living along the stretch.
“The traffic police data has revealed that the maximum number of deaths occurred on this stretch. We have decided to launch an agitation and also move court against NHAI for not improving the infrastructure here. It is a pity that the NHAI continues to look towards the state government for shelling out the total R314 crore estimated cost of the proposed underpasses and footover bridges,” Rathee added.
NHAI officials were not available for comment.