HC nod to acquisition of land for shifting toll plaza

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to create a 36-lane toll plaza at Panchgaon to replace the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway
The counsel for new sector residents, who, for several years, had been demanding that the toll plaza be shifted, said that it was up to the state government to acquire the land for setting up the toll plaza at the earliest.(HT File)
The counsel for new sector residents, who, for several years, had been demanding that the toll plaza be shifted, said that it was up to the state government to acquire the land for setting up the toll plaza at the earliest.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 31, 2019 05:06 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByRohit David

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday allowed the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) to take control of 50 acres in Panchgaon for shifting the Kherki Daula toll plaza and developing a transit hub.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) plans to create a 36-lane toll plaza at Panchgaon to replace the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

Confirming that land would be allotted to the HSIIDC, Lokesh Sinhal, additional advocate general (Haryana) and counsel for HSIIDC, said, “The court has given 50 acres for shifting the toll plaza from Kherki Daula. Also, it was decided in the proceedings that the work of shifting the toll should be started immediately.”

The counsel for new sector residents, who, for several years, had been demanding that the toll plaza be shifted, said that it was up to the state government to acquire the land for setting up the toll plaza at the earliest.

Kartikeya Iyer, counsel for United Association of New Gurugram, said, “After the arguments, the court has said that the state government can set up the toll plaza within the 50 acres at Panchgaon and the land be given to them.”

The state government had instructed the HSIIDC to acquire the Panchgaon land for development purpose in 2014, after which landowning farmers from seven villages had moved the court opposing the move.

The HSIIDC had sought 1,128 acres in Panchgaon for development purposes from the landowners. Of the 1,128 acres, 50 acres land will now be allotted to the HSIIDC and the case for the remaining acres between ‘Fertile land protection movement vs Union of India’ will continue, Iyer said.

“The case on the rest of the farmland has not been quashed and it will continue. The next date of hearing, in this case, is November 14,” added Iyer.

The arguments in the court went on for more than an hour, before the verdict was given. The HSIIDC will acquire the land, compensate farmers and hand it over to the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), who will, in turn, hand it over to the NHAI.

Earlier this year, the GMDA had asked the state government for 50 acres to construct a Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS), multimodal transit centre (MMTC) and a toll plaza, so that the Kherki Daula toll plaza can be shifted.

V Umashankar, chief executive officer, GMDA, said he is yet to review the court order. “If the court order is what is being said, then the commitment of the chief minister has been upheld by the court. The process will start by paying compensation to the farmers, whose land has been taken up for shifting,” he said.

A copy of the order is likely to be released on Thursday. The NHAI needs 40 acres for the toll plaza at Panchgaon.

The lawyer for the farmers also confirmed that the HSIIDC had been allotted 50 acres at Panchgaon, eight kilometres from the Kherki Daula toll.

Adarsh Jain, the counsel for farmers, said, “The land being given for development purpose is a matter of concern for the entire state. Now, vehicle movement will increase, causing environmental damage and groundwater of this particular area will go down.”

Farmers said they would go through the court order and decide on their course of action. Ajay Singh, a resident of Panchgaon village, said, “Our land is going. We will have a meeting on Thursday to decide what we can do now.”

NHAI officials said that they will set up the toll plaza in three months of getting possession of the land. “Within three months after the transfer of encumbrance-free land to the NHAI, the toll may go. We have to receive land from HSIIDC first,” a senior NHAI official, who did not wish to be named, said.

NHAI officials said they need to set up the toll plaza first at Panchgaon before the one at Kherki Daula can be removed.

Millennium City Expressway Private Limited, the concessionaire for Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway, wants NHAI to compensate them for shutting the Kherki Daula toll before 2023, as per their agreement with the highways authority.

S Raghuraman, CEO, MCEPL, said, “The NHAI needs to compensate us if they will end the Kherki Daula toll plaza before 2023.”

The concessionaire officials went on to say that if the toll plaza is shifted from Kherki Daula, it would be difficult for the MCEPL to maintain the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway. “If we are not earning, how will we able to maintain the 18km expressway?” said Raghuraman.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Topics
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • The searches started a little before 7 am and Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi, his legislator son Tej Pratap and daughter Misa Bharti were present when the CBI team arrived at the 10, Circular Road residence of Rabri Devi. (Santosh Kumar/HT photo)

    CBI searches Lalu Prasad’s residences in Patna, Gopalganj

    The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a fresh case against Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad in connection with a land-for-job scam and on Friday conducted searches at 17 locations associated with the former Bihar chief ministedr and his daughter Misa Bharti. Daughter Misa Bharti later left for New Delhi. Lalu's youngest son and leader of opposition Tejashwi Yadav is currently in London.

  • Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, is likely to take over as the vice-chancellor of Kashmir University on Saturday. (ANI)

    Prof Nilofar Khan appointed as first woman V-C of Kashmir University

    Professor Nilofar Khan, who has 30 years of teaching experience, has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. The order of appointment was issued by Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha in his capacity of being the chancellor of the university. She will be replacing Professor Talat Ahmad, who completed his second tenure as the V-C of the university which began in August 2018.

  • To tackle the threat posed by UAVs, the security agencies will deploy anti-drone teams along the routes and base camps in Jammu. (HT file photo)

    Amarnath Yatra going to be litmus test for J&K govt

    Given the spike in terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir and threats issued by various terror outfits, the upcoming annual Amarnath Yatra starting June 30 to the cave shrine at 13,000ft in south Kashmir is going to be a litmus test for the government. One of the most revered Hindu pilgrimages in India, the yatra is resuming after two years.

  • Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar hands over the appointment letter and ex gratia amount to a family member of slain government employee Rahul Bhat in Jammu. (HT Photo)

    J&K: Rahul Bhat’s wife gets appointment letter, 5-lakh ex gratia

    Jammu divisional commissioner Ramesh Kumar along with additional director general of police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh, handed over an appointment letter and ex gratia to the family of Rahul Bhat, a migrant Kashmiri Pandit government employee who was gunned down in the Valley recently. A financial assistance of 5 lakh was also handed over to the family. Jammu deputy commissioner Avny Lavasa had also accompanied Kumar.

  • JKLF chief Yasin Malik was convicted by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday. (PTI file photo)

    Yasin Malik’s conviction: Wheels of justice finally started rolling, says late IAF officer’s wife

    Following the conviction of banned JKLF chief Yasin Malik by a Delhi court in a terror funding case on Thursday, wife of late Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, Shalini Khanna, said she was confident of getting justice for Yasin Malik. “Bad deeds lead to bad outcomes,” said the 70-year-old, while demanding Malik be sent to the gallows. Squadron leader Khanna was shot 27 times with an AK assault rifle.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, May 20, 2022