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Widen road opposite mall,convert temporary toll booths into permanent structures: Mudgal

To ensure smooth flow of traffic on the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway,Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal has suggested that the road opposite Ambience Mall from Udyog Marg needs to be widened.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: September 25, 2012 2:16:14 am

To ensure smooth flow of traffic on the Gurgaon-Delhi Expressway,Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal has suggested that the road opposite Ambience Mall from Udyog Marg needs to be widened. For this,however,land belonging to the Haryana government,adjoining the road,will have to be acquired.

In a report submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday,the retired judge has urged the concessionaire,Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL),to convert the additional temporary toll booths into permanent structures.

Last week,a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had requested Justice Mudgal to visit the expressway and submit a report on the “revolutionary steps” to be taken by the concessionaire to prevent traffic jams at the expressway.

The report also calls for the integration of hand held devices,to be used for toll tax collection,with the main server (through GPRS). The issue had the National Highway Authority India (NHAI) at loggerheads with the concessionaire. While DGSCL had insisted that it be allowed to use the hand held devices,NHAI wanted the concessionaire to ensure that the devices are connected to the main server. NHAI had contended that if the devices were not connected to the main server,there was a possibility of ‘false entries.’

On the issue of decongestion of the service road at Ambience Mall,Justice Mudgal has called for a trial run of the alternate route before a decision is made. He has further suggested that to address grievances of commuters,a committee comprised of Haryana Police representatives,the concessionaire,NHAI and residents living in the nearby areas,should be formed. The committee,he has added,should meet once a month to address the difficulties and find solutions amicably.

The public interest litigation (PIL) will come up for resumed hearing on Tuesday. On September 4,peeved over the increasing traffic chaos on the Expressway,a division bench had ordered stay on collection of toll tax from private and commercial vehicles for 15 days. While it lifted the stay for commercial vehicles last week,the High Court refused to extend it to private ones. The Court on Tuesday will decide whether to continue with its stay orders or to vacate them.

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