The fate of a proposal to open a toll road access on National Highway 8 for motorists going to Delhi from Udyog Vihar remains uncertain. Although the idea has been encouraged by several groups, especially corporates, residents say they will have to cough up more money on another toll road in Gurgaon.
Recently, the Millennium City Welfare Society commissioned a study by a firm belonging to Big 4 Consulting. The aim was to assess the impact of the proposed toll plaza at Udyog Vihar.
Now, the results of the study have been sent to the chairman of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The NHAI is yet to reply with its opinion on the report.
Those who conducted the study say the results are worth implementing. But this claim can't be set in concrete unless NHAI gives its feedback.
According to the report, 3,750 morning commuters coming from Delhi via the toll road were plying on the alternative Kapashera route every evening to avoid traffic jam.
Some percentage of the respondents say they are willing to switch to NH-8 and pay toll on the proposed route, if direct access to NH8 was available from Udyog Vihar.
But there are also quite a number of motorists who say they may have to shell out more money on the additional toll.
The study claims that the new toll road will help save fuel and hence, reduce carbon emission. But motorists are sticking to their guns. Their contention is more about increased expenditure on using multiple toll roads.
“The proposal is financially attractive for NHAI and DSC,” said Subinder Khurana, president of Millennium City Welfare Society.