Gurgaon: Four more lanes to be opened at Kherki Daula
Industrial units in Manesar have suffered the most due to repeated traffic congestion at Kherki Daulagurgaon Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:52 IST
To provide some relief to the industrial units of Manesar, which are often at the receiving end of traffic snarls at the Kherki Daula Toll plaza, the Haryana government has requested the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to build more lanes there.
The proposal for more lanes to reduce the traffic load on the toll was mooted at a meeting between officials of the Haryana industries department and the NHAI. The meeting was held in Chandigarh three days ago.
Sudhir Rajpal, principal secretary of the industries department, said, “At the meeting, the NHAI officials agreed to open four more lanes at Kherki Daula Toll. The purpose of building four additional bays is to ease congestion and enable smooth traffic movement.”
“NHAI opened three lanes at Kherki Daula recently and the addition of four more will take the number of lanes at the toll to seven. The additional lanes or bays will make it easier to manage and streamline traffic movement at the toll,” said Rajpal, who is to hold another round of meeting with NHAI and industrialists next week.
“Besides additional lanes, we are also exploring the option of shifting the toll from Kherki Daula to somewhere else,” Rajpal said.
However, industry owners in Manesar said even additional lanes cannot be the permanent solution to the messy traffic situation at the Kherki Daula toll.
Manmohan Gaind, president, Manesar Industry Welfare Association (MIWA), said, “We met Rajpal on Tuesday and requested him to have the toll shifted from Kherki Daula. We hope the Haryana government would bring about a permanent solution to the problem. Temporary relief wouldn’t be of much help.”
In January, Devender Singh, former principal secretary of the industries department, had appealed stakeholders as well as beneficiaries to contribute money to pay off liabilities to the toll operator.
However, the industrialists refused to contribute and demanded a probe into the books maintained by the toll operator on the lines of the DND Toll.
The beneficiaries, as Singh put it, include industries, builders and Haryana state industrial and infrastructure development corporation (Hsiidc).
Following that meeting, a committee under the state chief secretary was formed to take the issue forward.
Unhappy with the perennial traffic mess and the alleged negligent approach of the NHAI and Haryana government to the same, a group of industrialists is also considering taking legal help for permanent relief.