People and the local administration in Gurgaon are happy with the latest orders issued by Punjab and Haryana High Court to make Sirhaul toll plaza toll free for all kinds of commuters. This will relieve them from daily traffic jams for at least the next 15 days. Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti of Gurgaon Citizen Council has been successful in their efforts to ease traffic flow in and out from the city. The Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti is also pushing for the National Highway Authority of India to take over Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd. whose motive was to earn money as per RS Rathee, President of Gurgaon Citizen Council.
NOT ABLE to manage heavy traffic during peak hours Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd. (DGSCL) has faced a setback from Punjab and Haryana Hight Court. As per High court, DGSCL failed to smoothen the traffic on Sirhaul toll plaza and even failed to implement earlier court orders as well, and thus faced this tough decision from the High Court.
Succeeding in their efforts, Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti headed by Mr R S Rathee has moved to their next step to make this situation permament, and is trying so that NHAI takes over this toll plaza. "We, Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti are very happy with the court's orders as this will greatly benefit people of Gurgaon and from Delhi for sure. This will ease the situation of traffic at toll plaza for at least the next 15 days but we will not stop here. We are trying and making efforts so that NHAI should take over this toll plaza and make things better for daily commuters," R S Rathee told this citizen journalist .
Mr Rathee also said that concessioner Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd was only interested in collecting money and never bothered about the comfort of the commuters and that attitude lead to the huge traffic jams at the toll plaza. Apart from him, local councillors have also lent their agreement and happiness at this decision. In their next step Toll Hatao Sangharsh Samiti is having a meeting today for deciding the future course of action and how they can make NHAI to takeover the toll plaza.
"I think this is a very good step by the court as this will solve at least 80% of the traffic jams problem at the toll plaza. I, too, was many times stuck at the toll window, and it takes almost 30 to 45 minutes to cross the toll plaza, and this was a horrible experience every time I crossed it," Councillor of ward 11 Seema Pahuja, told this citizen journalist.
She also said that concessioner DGSCL will not face any kind of loss in this as they must have recovered all of their money and may be more than that. According to her, giving money was never a problem for commuters but everybody pays for a smooth drive and not to be stuck in a jam. "Everyone can afford giving money and we have no problem in that but we should be getting proper facility as well, if we are paying that much amount," Pahuja added.
Pahuja said that problem lay in the attitude of DGSCL as they never bothered about the problems commuters were facing as their staff was very insufficient and inefficient, and took a long time to make amends to slip ups like returning change money. Drivers would constantly change lanes seeing other lanes a little empty and there were no guards deployed to stop them in doing this.
"They could have planned properly if they wanted to improve the situation but they never did as they were only focusing on collecting as much money as possible," Pahuja alleged in relation to the concessioner DGSCL.
But DGSCL when contacted by merinews tried to clear their side by saying that they tried to improve things but traffic jam is common at office hours. "There is nothing like that we are only focusing on money only but we also have tried to improve the situation but this much of traffic is common at peak hours of office and we can not do much about it." said DGSCL official to this citizen journalist.
Commuters also showed their relief and joy on this news. Ravish Kumar who resides in Gurgaon and works in Dwarka used to be stuck at the toll plaza daily for about 30 minutes but hearing this news he felt good and hoped for better traffic movement in the future, and in a humorous way said, "Toll has been removed from toll plaza but now what excuse I will give in office of coming late!"