New sector residents meet DC, seek withdrawal of case filed against them for blocking toll plazaUpdated: Oct 09, 2019 23:47 IST
A group of 30 residents from the new sectors, 79 to 113, visited the deputy commissioner’s office Wednesday to urge him to withdraw the FIR registered against them on October 2, when nearly 200 residents had gathered near the toll plaza to protest the blockade of a stretch they had carved on the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR) for toll-free access to the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway. The residents had formed a human chain and blocked the passage of vehicles on NH-48. The police had registered a case against seven individuals, arrested three of them who were later released on bail, and identified 160 others for blocking the national highway.
Residents reiterated their demand for free connectivity with expressway and that they be given passes to skip toll.
Lokesh Yadav, a resident of Sector 93 who was named in the FIR, said, “There were 30 people who had gone to the DC’s office, out of whom six went inside to present our demands. We have put our views before the government for the first time. In our letter, which we have given to the DC, we have written that all of us had assembled to protest in a peaceful manner. None of us had any intention to block the toll plaza. Some miscreants took people to the plaza and made them block the national highway. Our letter of demand was accepted by the DC, who said the letter will be forwarded to the Chief Minister’s office.”
Residents also met police commissioner Muhammad Akil and urged him to take back the FIR. Akil confirmed that residents met him on Wednesday and submitted their representation. “A decision will be taken based on the facts of the case and what the law states,” he said.
A week has passed since the FIR was registered in this matter and residents have alleged that the police are harassing them. SL Singhal, a resident of Sector 82 said, “The police are harassing residents and sending notices to common people. Every day, the police send notices and people are being threatened that they will be booked. This should end,” Singhal said.
DC Amit Khatri, however, said, “This is standard police procedure.”
In their charter of demands, addressed to the Haryana government on October 9, residents have asked the chief minister to intervene and end the Kherki-Daula toll stand-off.
Aman Yadav, a resident Sector 82 said, “The DC told us that such incidents (blocking the highway) should not be repeated and we should present our demands before the CM. We are now writing a letter to the CM and NHAI that our demand for removal of toll should be met.”
A senior NHAI official said that it is not up to the highways authority to decide where and when they can place a toll plaza. “A decision on removal of toll plaza can only be taken by the government,” the official said.
Built in 2008, the Kherki-Daula toll plaza became a bone of contention for residents of the newer sectors, which were gentrified 2014 onwards. Residents have been demanding pass tags, like those given to motorists in the 31 neighbouring villages, to skip paying toll (₹65 per trip) every day at the plaza for access to the expressway—their only road link to the city. The new sectors have an estimated population of 30,000.
First Published: Oct 09, 2019 23:47 IST