Gurgaon: Industrialists meet CM to discuss Kherki Daula toll removal
Industrialists fear increase in traffic jams at Kherki Daula toll after the opening of the Hero Honda Chowk flyovergurgaon Updated: Jul 24, 2017 23:48 IST
Apprehending severe jams at Kherki Daula toll after the opening of the flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, the industry owners of Manesar met chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar seeking a resolution to the chaos at the toll plaza.
Traffic jams at the toll are expected to increase with free flow of traffic via the flyover. Earlier, vehicles used to take time to cross Hero Honda Chowk and the load at the toll was distributed.
Manoj Tyagi, president of IMT Manesar Welfare Association, said, “We met the CM and requested a meeting. He agreed to give us time next month. We have been trying to meet CM to discuss the toll issue. We want a permanent relief from the traffic jam.” The industrialists have been demanding the removal of the toll from its present location.
A private operator is managing the Kherki Daula toll, which has 32 lanes. Earlier, in May, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which is the custodian authority of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, created four more lanes on the Gurgaon-Manesar side to ease the congestion.
“By creating extra lanes, the government cannot claim to have resolved the issue. The permanent solution is the removal of the toll. The travel time between Gurgaon and Manesar is too long due to the mess at the toll. Either the government must create an alternative road for local commuters and industrial vehicles or shift the toll plaza,” said Atul Jain, industrialist.
On behalf of the industry, the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) initiated a process last year to buy off the toll and requested the three major stakeholders — industries, real estate developers and HSIIDC to contribute Rs 200 crore each. But the industries refused to pay the amount and the plan was put on hold.
CLU guaranteed if formalities complete:
Khattar on Monday inaugurated the Keystone Knowledge Park (KKP) at Nimoth. An MoU was signed between the Haryana government and KKP for making available 10,000 sqft area for eligible startups sponsored by the government. For entrepreneurs, CM made an announcement on change of land use (CLU).
“He said if an applicant is not getting CLU done within 30 days, then it will be deemed cleared the very next day, provided all formalities are complete. This facility has been made to help entrepreneurs who are facing a tough time in getting CLU done,” a government spokesperson said.