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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, November 16, 2012
First Published: 17:59 IST(16/11/2012) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(16/11/2012)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Gurgaon police and Delhi-Gurgaon expressway toll plaza concessionaire to convene a meeting on November 19 to find out a solution to the traffic problem at the toll plaza.

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The division bench headed by justice SK Mittal directed that the meeting should be convened at the police headquarters in Gurgaon on November 19 at 11 am to discuss over proper implementation of the electronic card system (touch screen) to be used by the commuters at the toll plaza. The authorities were also directed to discuss the different measures directed by the high court earlier and such other measures which are felt important.

The bench also said that keeping in view the increase in traffic passing through the toll plaza, it had become necessary to issue electronic cards like in case of Metro services.

During the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, on the earlier directions of the court, HUDA administrator Gurgaon, Parveen Kumar; Gurgaon police commissioner, KK Sindhu and Gurgaon assistant commissioner of police (traffic), Ravindra Tomar, were also present in the court.

The concessionaire was also directed to file an affidavit informing that how many types of cards were available at the toll plaza, how many people were availing it and how much concession was being granted to the card holders.

The bench also suggested the concessionaire to open the boom barriers for atleast five minutes in case of traffic congestion. The concessionaire was also warned that in case the bench finds that the temporary measures to de-congest traffic at the toll plaza is not working, the court will be compelled to order implementation of its earlier orders in which the authorities were directed to open the toll plaza for commuters for atleast two hours daily during the peak hours in morning and evening.

All the concerned authorities were also advised by the bench to not to play the blame game and work in public interest to find permanent solution to the traffic problem.

The case would now come up for hearing on December 4.

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