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Gurgaon toll plaza: Sirhaul goes, but what about Kherki-Dhaula?
While a section of the residents in Gurgaon and media are overwhelmed at the reports of the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza being removed, many others who travel to Manesar from Gurgaon is handed over a raw deal. The second toll plaza on the same road just before you enter Manesar, popularly known as Kherki Dhaula Toll Plaza, has now seen an increase of the toll rate - in fact rates have been doubled now. While removal of the Delhi-Gurgaon toll plaza eases the massive traffic jam the city used to see, for many others moving within the city now becomes overtly costly. Is there a relief in sight?

It was a pleasant day for the office goers in the national capital region, as the Delhi-Gurgaon Toll Plaza was removed yesterday night. The toll was removed following the Delhi High Court orders on Wednesday, 19 February 2014. With the removal of Toll, the traffic movement was very free and it also bought a mild relief to the pockets of the commuters. 

But, those who travel from Gurgaon to Manesar have to shed more, as the toll rate at the Kherki Dhaula toll has been almost doubled. Earlier the commuter used to pay Rs. 27 and now they will pay Rs. 56 for the same, i.e a person need to pay INR 110 a day if he takes the toll twice in a day. The high court decision, which has resolved a two-year-long dispute, has now sparked fuel for a new dispute by increasing the toll rates at Kherki Dhaula toll plaza.

RS Rathee, member of Toll Hatao Sangram Samiti, Gurgaon said, “The protest which we were doing, was to remove both the toll plaza's, but the government has taken up the decision to remove only one toll plaza. Though we are happy that Sirhaul toll plaza has been removed, but we will not give up our fight till the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza is also removed.”

The Kherki Dhaula toll plaza is equally troublesome for the commuters of Gurgaon and Manesar, as was the Delhi-Gurgaon Sirhaul Toll Plaza. With one getting removed and an extra burden put on the other, the battle seems to be half won for the people and organizations like Toll Hatao Sangram Samiti (THSS), Gurgaon Citizen's council, who were fighting for the removal of both the toll plazas.

Col. Kanwar Bhardwaj, Chairman THSS has shown his concern about not removing the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza and increasing the charges of it, “It will be a relief for the people using the Sirhaul toll plaza, but the removal of Kherki Dhaula toll plaza will take some time. The chief minister has himself on various occasions said that the toll plaza should be removed, so we hope that Kherki Dhaula toll plaza also will be removed soon.”

On the same lines Gaurav Singla, PRO Gurgaon Citizen's council said that, they will continue their protest for the removal of Kherki Dhaula toll plaza. “We will soon have a committee meeting and will discuss on the issue of price rise on the Manesar toll, as our primary agenda because the charges are almost doubled,” he said.

While the THSS is perhaps the only registered body which is fighting for the toll plaza removal, but there are several other groups and individuals fighting for the same cause and Mangat Ram Baghri, MCG Councillor, Gurgaon, who was even arrested for this cause, said, “We will intensify our protest, and will ask the government to remove the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza as soon as possible.”

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