Long-term decongestion measures stuck in limbo
The decongestion measures proposed for the 32-lane toll plaza on Gurgaon Expressway may only be short-term steps to ease traffic chaos at the troubled spot.india Updated: Sep 30, 2012 01:35 IST
The decongestion measures proposed for the 32-lane toll plaza on Gurgaon Expressway may only be short-term steps to ease traffic chaos at the troubled spot.
The proposal of constructing a split toll plaza at the Udyog Vihar junction was raised last year after scores of industries and residents associations demanded the facility for vehicles coming from Udyog Vihar, Palam Vihar, Sectors 21, 22, 23 and 23A.
Initially, the NHAI had agreed to give its nod and the Haryana government had agreed to bear the cost, besides offer land for the same.
However, the Haryana government later back-tracked as the concessionaire firm tagged the project’s cost at R20 crore, stating the project was NHAI’s responsibility and not of the government. The matter was stashed in the cold storage after that.
The government also did not agree to give its prime land tagged around R100 crore per acre to NHAI for expansion of the toll plaza.
Also, DGSCL would never bear the cost of additional decongestion facilities as these were not included in the agreement signed with NHAI.
Experts feel the long-term proposals may not materialise as the involvement of multiple agencies and high cost of projects is likely to be a bone of contention.