A very practical and achievable solution to ease traffic congestion at the 32-lane Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza has been completely ignored by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
On Thursday, the NHAI will present its list of options before the Punjab and Haryana high court to decongest the toll plaza. But creating an eight-lane split toll plaza on Udyog Vihar road does not feature in the list.This proposed eight-lane split toll plaza was agreed to be set up on the peripheral road adjoining the industrial township of Udyog Vihar, about 100 metres ahead of the Delhi border toll plaza, to allow direct access to about 15,000 vehicles originating from here as well as from Palam Vihar, sectors 21, 22, 23 23A and other localities near the expressway without converging at the congested toll plaza. At present, about 2 lakh vehicles cross the Delhi border toll plaza every day.
Stakeholders NHAI, concessionaire DGSCL and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Corporation (HSIIDC) had agreed to set up this Rs 20 crore project after various resident organisations and industrial bodies staged a series of demonstrations.
Aseem Takyar, an industrialist and RTI Activist who had filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana high court on this issue, has accessed a letter written by the NHAI (dated August 21, 2012). The letter says it was still examining the layout plan on the proposed eight-lane split toll plaza.