Police propose to remove toll plaza in Gurgaon
Here’s some good news for industrialists and residents opposing the Kherki Daula toll plaza. Vimal Chander Joshi and Sunil Thapliyal report.delhi Updated: Apr 23, 2011 22:57 IST
Here’s some good news for industrialists and residents opposing the Kherki Daula toll plaza. According to sources, Gurgaon police have proposed to do away with the toll plaza in a meeting held this week with road transport secretary RS Gujral.
Confirming the news, police commissioner SS Deswal said: “It should be removed as it causes lot of traffic snarls.” The commissioner even showed some solidarity with the Udyog Vihar industrialists at a meeting with the industrialists’ association.
A group of businessmen have been urging the authorities to remove the second toll on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway located just 18 km ahead of the 32-lane Delhi-Gurgaon border toll plaza. Meanwhile, Udyog Vihar industrialists have decided to stage a demonstration against the controversial toll plaza outside the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation office on May 5.
“We are fighting not only for the cause of industrialists but also for the residents of the city. The two toll plazas are separated by a distance of 18 km only which is a burden on the pocket of everyone,” said Colonel Raj Singla, president, Chambers of Industries of Udyog Vihar.
The industrialists are also urging for toll-free lanes for the local residents. “Unless that happens, at least 75% concession should be given to the residents of entire Gurgaon, which the concessionaire company had earlier committed,” added Singla.
Recently, Lok Sabha member Rao Inder Jeet Singh had also argued against the Kherki Daula toll plaza. “There are two toll plazas within a distance of 17-18 km. Gurgaon residents should be given 50% concession, irrespective of which direction they go to, Delhi or Jaipur, said Singh.
The officials of the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the concessionaire, were not available for comment.