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Villagers protest on Gurgaon-Faridabad road,demand free access

A day after the Gurgaon-Faridabad road became fully operational,there is trouble brewing up with villagers agitating against the concessionaire —Reliance Infrastructure Ltd — for demanding toll from them.

Written by TUHIN DUTTA | Gurgaon | Published: July 3, 2012 3:54:07 am

A day after the Gurgaon-Faridabad road became fully operational,there is trouble brewing up with villagers agitating against the concessionaire —Reliance Infrastructure Ltd — for demanding toll from them.

The four laning of Gurgaon-Faridabad corridor and the two-laning of Ballabhgarh-Sohna stretch have been completed and toll collection has started.

Residents of around eight villages are now protesting against them being charged toll saying the land belongs to them. The villagers brought traffic to a stop for some time on Sunday. They held a meeting on Monday to discuss their future strategy.

“We gave our land to the company for making the toll road. Why are we charged tax when it is on our land that road has been built? We met company officials on Monday and they have asked for 15 days’ time to find a solution,” said Rajveer Baliyal,one of the villagers.

This is the sixth road project taken up by the company through its Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) — GF Toll Road Private Limited. Officials said it was the company’s first state road project executed on a BOT (Build,Operate and Transfer) pattern. The project will be transferred to the government after 17 years concession period during which time the road will be operated and maintained by RInfra’s SPV.

Gurgaon Faridabad corridor connects major tourist destinations,industrial zones,corporate offices and Indira Gandhi International airport.

Rajveer said they were trying to meet sarpanches of villages to enlist their support in getting the toll tax revoked for villagers in the area.

Meanwhile,a RInfra spokesperson said the company was collecting tolls as per the norms laid down by the Haryana government.

“It is for the Haryana government to decide on the villagers’ demands. As per the contract with the government,there is no provision of toll exemption for the local residents. However,two-wheelers and tractors with trolley carrying agricultural goods are exempted from toll charges,” said the spokesperson.

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