Gurgaon transport tax collection: Vehicles won’t be allowed to park on road near Sirhaulgurgaon Updated: Jul 17, 2017 23:08 IST
Vehicles moving from Delhi to Gurgaon get stuck in jams near the Dhanchiri camp where the tax is collected.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
In an effort to decongest the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway near Ambience Mall, where a number of vehicles are parked on the roadside to pay road tax, the authorities have decided to provide space for these vehicles at the Dhanchiri camp where the tax collection centre is located.
The vehicles moving from Delhi to Gurgaon often get stuck in jams near the Dhanchiri camp because of vehicles parked on the roadside while their drivers go to pay the tax.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh visited the area on Monday and said all possible steps will be taken to decongest traffic between Delhi and Gurgaon.
The drivers park their cars, trucks and other vehicles on the main road, unmindful of the hindrance posed to vehicles on the expressway, while they go to the Dhanchiri camp to deposit the tax.
There is one counter for transport tax collection and it takes 15 to 20 minutes for each driver to get back to his/her vehicle. The DC observed that stationed vehicles create a big problem for the traffic, especially during the rush hour.
As per the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) estimates, more than three lakh vehicles, on an average, pass the Sirhaul border a day.
Mahesh Mahela, resident of Vasant Kunj in New Delhi, said, “I commute daily from Vasant Kunj to Gurgaon and I always get stuck in a jam in the morning near Sirhaul. I think traffic police are not as active as they should be. They should fine every vehicle stationed on the main carriageway that blocks other vehicles.”
“After inspection, I have found that if we create more counters for tax collection, the situation can be resolved. I will make sure all vehicles arriving to pay tax get space in the Dhanchiri camp for a temporary halt,” the DC said.
It is worth noting that the Haryana tourism is the custodian authority of the Dhanchiri camp where a single window for the tax collection was opened recently.
“The transport department should not allow vehicles to stop on the road. Before the department created a window here, it should have ensured that no traffic disturbance takes place on account of the tax collection. A national highway is meant for zero traffic disturbances.The presence of transport tax office and the MCD Delhi tax office is a big hassle for us,” said TN Kaul, resident of Ardee City.
“I am of the view that no vehicle should stop on the main carriageway of the NH-8. We will arrange adequate counters as well as space inside the camp for better traffic movement. I will speak with the transport authority and the tourism department in this regard,” Singh said.
“We also received complaints of jams in the evening when vehicles move from Gurgaon to Delhi. I will look into that as well,” he said. Jams happen due to the toll collection at the MCD counters. Singh said since this is an interstate subject, he would talk to his counterpart in Delhi and to resolve the issue.