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Traffic department to demand its pound of flesh from e-way firm

india Updated: Jan 11, 2012 01:47 IST
Sunil Thapliyal
Sunil Thapliyal
Hindustan Times
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The city traffic police department is planning to hand out a bill worth crores to the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway concessionaire company as payment for the “services it has been rendering”. The department has been assisting the firm in managing traffic on the expressway.

According to officials, the department has been deploying 110 personnel on the Gurgaon expressway -- between Delhi border toll gate and Kherki Daula toll plaza - for traffic management every month ever since the expressway was opened.

The department has also sought salaries of all its personnel since January 2008, when the expressway was thrown open to the public.

The total length of the expressway — starting from Rao Tula Ram Marg (Delhi) to Kherki Daula — is 27.7km. Out of this, 18 kilometres fall in Gurgaon.

Gurgaon traffic police officials said the department would soon write to the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) in this regard. They claimed that the outstanding amount was around Rs 6 crore. The firm has not paid the due amount since 2008.

According to the police, the outstanding dues for the services of 110 policemen deployed on the stretch ever since the expressway started, was Rs 17,65,357 per month.

“They have been using our services and manpower. As per the concessionaire agreement, they are liable to pay the due amount. We have been providing them our services such as patrolling teams. We have also assisted them to manage traffic on the entire stretch,” said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic), Gurgaon Police.

On the other hand, DGSCL told HT, “We are not liable to pay any amount. The police have to manage traffic as per the state support agreement. There was no such clause in the concessionaire agreement.”

“We are yet to receive any such notice from the city police. However, the police are liable to provide these services as per the state consignee agreement. The matter is already pending in the court,” said a DGSCL spokesperson.