Vehicles plying on Gurgaon expressway to pay toll again

All vehicles plying on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will have to pay toll once again beginning Tuesday.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday allowed the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the concessionaire of the toll plaza at the expressway, to resume charging toll from all vehicles beginning from 5.30 pm. It was on September 4 last month that the high court had completely barred the concessionaire from collecting toll on the route.

Monday’s order by the court will imply that all motorised vehicles will be levied tax round the clock on the route.  Earlier, the court had permitted the DGSCL to start levy of toll on commercial vehicles from September 25.  Later, in another interim relief, the court had permitted the concessionaire to levy tax on even private vehicles except during the peak hours between 8.30 am to 10 am and from 5.30 pm to 7 pm till date.

The court also directed DGSCL to mark red stripes at 400 metres towards Delhi side and at the foot of Ambience Mall flyover towards Gurgaon.  This has been done with a view to ensure that long traffic snarls do not occur. The court ruled that the concessionaire would permit free passage to vehicles after the queues exceed the marked red lines.

The court had ordered DGSCL not to charge any toll from vehicle owners last month after it felt that DGSCL had failed to avert traffic snarls at the plaza that caused inconvenience on the route everyday.

The high court had intervened to ensure proper measure for smooth flow of traffic after the Gurgaon traffic police had complained that DGSCL was responsible for the chaos.
The cause of the snarls at the expressway was the mismanagement and shortage of staff required to deal with traffic. The police had also stated that the concessionaires wanted to make money and did not intend to spend any money on manpower to ensure free flow of traffic.

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