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Toll row: Notice to operator after Delhi moves HC

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the concessionaire of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to respond to a contempt petition filed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation,accusing the company of disobeying court orders on collection of toll from commercial vehicles for the civic agency.

Written by Jayant Sriram | New Delhi | Published: September 8, 2012 1:46:31 am

The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the concessionaire of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway to respond to a contempt petition filed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation,accusing the company of disobeying court orders on collection of toll from commercial vehicles for the civic agency.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court prohibited the expressway operator,Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL),on September 4 from collecting toll for 15 days for its failure to decongest the 32-lane Sirhaul toll plaza in Gurgaon.

The South Municipal Corporation filed a petition in the Delhi High Court on Friday,stating that it has suffered irreparable financial losses.

“The daily toll collection of the Rajokri border (toll gate) is approximately Rs 18 lakh. The contemnor didn’t collect toll on 05.09.2012 from commercial vehicles entering Delhi and allowed the free flow of traffic. Each and every minute,the petitioner is suffering irreparable loss,” the corporation’s petition said.

The petition stated that DGSCL was appointed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to collect toll on behalf of the corporation at the toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon border,but this fact was concealed from the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Earlier,the Delhi High Court had allowed DGSCL to collect toll on behalf of the civic agency in accordance with an agreement between the company and the corporation.

Issuing notice to DGSCL,Justice Rajiv Shakhder said the company “may” also approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court for relief. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 27.

The civic agency’s counsel,Gaurang Kanth,said: “The court issued the notice to DGSCL,stating that it is bound to collect toll (from commercial vehicles) for the corporation in accordance with the Delhi High Court’s previous orders on July 4,2011 and April 5,2012.”

In Gurgaon,traffic officers have planned measures to prevent congestion on the expressway,even as traffic snarls continued at the Sirhaul toll plaza during rush hours.

Identifying the U-turns near Ambience Mall and Udyog Vihar as trouble spots,traffic officers have decided to free four lanes for vehicles heading to the U-turns.

The officers also said special courts would be held until September 15 to resolve around 27,000 cases of traffic rule violations,pending for the last two years.

(With inputs from Tuhin Dutta in Gurgaon)

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