Financier appeals for relief on expressway toll ban,HC says no

IDFC Limited,the financier of Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway,on Monday requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court to lift its ban on collection of toll by concessionaire Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited at Sirhaul toll plaza.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 18, 2012 12:45 am

IDFC Limited,the financier of Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway,on Monday requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court to lift its ban on collection of toll by concessionaire Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) at Sirhaul toll plaza.

Appealing to the court to modify its September 4 order,IDFC counsel Akshay Bhan said the financier has suffered huge losses because of the ban.

At the same time,South Delhi Municipal Corporation counsel Anmol Rattan Sidhu also appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court,citing losses to the tune of Rs 25 lakh per day because the DGSCL has stopped collecting the corporation’s share of toll from commercial vehicles.

The court had earlier pulled up the civic agency for being insensitive to the plight of the people who get stranded in traffic snarls on the expressway,especially near the Sirhaul toll plaza. It remarked that the parties involved were only interested in the money.

On Monday,a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued notices to the Haryana government and the National Highways Authority of India to respond to the petitions filed by the financier and the civic agency.

Refusing to vacate the stay order on collection of toll,the court said their cases would be heard again on September 20.

The court had also hinted that the ban period could be extended if it was “not satisfied with the steps taken” by DGSCL to ensure free flow of traffic on the expressway and prevent snarls near toll gates.

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