DS Construction (DSC),the agency responsible for regulating movement through the toll gate on the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway,has said that though they had written to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) proposing a penalty on motorists who violate traffic lanes,it is yet to get a response.
According to the DSC,most of the traffic jams take place when non-tag commuters move into the tag lane and heavy vehicles move into ordinary lanes causing confusion. Despite deploying marshals and requesting for change from the Reserve Bank of India,it has not been able to manage the situation.
Officials with the DSC said they had asked the NHAI to fix different slabs of penalisation in accordance with the type of the vehicle. We can fine cars Rs 100,and increase the amount for heavy vehicles. However,the NHAI is yet to get back to us on that, an official said.
The DSC had also requested the Traffic department to deploy their personnel at the toll gate,especially during peak hours. On many occasions,the commuters do not listen to marshals. Having traffic police personnel at the toll gate could prevent them from breaking the rules. However,the Traffic department has said they are short of staff and,therefore,cannot oblige, he added.
We cannot make rules on fining vehicles that enter the wrong lanes. We are powerless on that front. But we have initiated a dialogue and written letters to the NHAI on a number of occasions to make such a rule, said Bharti Arora,DCP (Traffic).
Meanwhile,the nightmarish situation at the toll gate continues. Even 21 days after the hiking of toll from Rs 20 to Rs 21,vehicles continue to get stuck in the area. When this reporter drove through the route during the evening rush hours,it took him 37 minutes to reach the toll gate. Cars could be seen lined up till the exit of the Shanker Chowk area.