No toll collection at Gurgaon e-way till September 24

Private vehicles plying on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will not have to pay toll tax at the toll plaza, at least till Tuesday.

During the resumed hearing on Thursday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court extended its September 4 ban imposed on collection of toll tax till September 24. The Court, however, permitted the concessionaire to collect toll tax from all commercial vehicles plying on the route from 6 pm onwards on Thursday.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Division bench of chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice R K Jain directed the concessionaires of Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) to implement its decongestion plan on the expressway by Sunday.

The concessionaire submitted its plan to decongest the toll plaza which included expansion of toll gates and staggered toll collection by hand held machines to ensure smooth ride for commuters. The number of lanes will also be increased between the next four to nine months. Two separate lanes for emergency and VIP traffic will also be made as per the plan.

The court had earlier taken strong note of the chaos on the route following which a ban was imposed on collection of toll tax on September 4. The court had observed that the public had been suffering since NHAI, state authorities and the concessionaire did not collectively desire to end the problem.

The division bench on Thursday also appointed former chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court Mukul Mudgal as the local commissioner to inspect the area and submit its report on the implementation of the decongestion plan by Monday. The court issued the directions after the Gurgaon traffic police submitted before it that the DGSCL was responsible for the chaos. It said the cause of the snarls at the expressway was due to the mismanagement.

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