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Govt to take over Sirhaul Toll Plaza: Will it change things?
Gurgaonites have welcomed the statement of Haryana chief minister to take over the Sirhaul Toll Plaza, but they are worried that delay in the process could make things worse for people who use the toll plaza daily.

REACTING TO Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's statement that his government is in talks with National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to take over Gurgaon Toll Plaza, also called Sirhaul Toll Plaza, Gurgaon Citizens' Council chairman RS Rathee has said that 'things will be at least be better as the current concessioner is arrogant'.

Admitting that the toll plaza had become a nuisance for the people using the Delhi-Gurgaon e-way, Mr Hooda said that it was not 'in the interest of commuters to pay double side toll each time they go to office'. Though he didn't fix any deadlines for taking over the project, but he said that meetings between the state govt and the Union transport ministry would pave the way for future action soon.

Mr Rathee, upset with the way DGSCL, the present private concessioner of the toll plaza, had been operating said that the latter had only been focussing its efforts on exploiting commuters to collect money. “Whether or not problems are resolved after govt buys e-way, but at least things will get better than the present situation," Mr Rathee told this citizen journalist .

He said that right now situation on toll plaza is worst. “We can not say that govenment will be able to resolve this or not but the present private concessioner, DGSCL, is really an arrogant organisation where no appeal and problems of a common man was heard in past,” he added.

Though Mr Rathee welcomes this govt move, but he maintains that the delay in the process is a cause of concern. "Government has already declared its decision to buy this toll and thus DGSCL would try to collect money as much as possible in this term and will make things worse," Mr Rathee added.

"I don't know why this will delay will happen if government already declared their decision. We have sent letter of Chief Minister and Chief Secretary of the state to implement this decision as quickly as possible," Rathee added further.

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