Haryana wants both toll plazas in Gurgaon to go

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NEW DELHI: Amid reports of bankers for Gurgaon expressway reworking their proposal to end the impasse on removal of Delhi border toll plaza, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that his government is for doing away with the two toll plazas in Gurgaon.

“Removing the first toll plaza and clubbing it with Kherki Dhaula won’t bring complete relief to commuters. We are in favour of shifting the toll plaza beyond the city limit to Bilaspur. We had offered financial assistance in case both the toll points are done away with,” Hooda said. Sources said that he had conveyed this to NHAI officials at a meeting he held on Saturday at Haryana Bhawan. They added that the main issue of discussion was on other NH stretches, Hooda spoke on Gurgaon expressway project too.

His son Deepender Singh Hooda, who also has been pushing for the removal of both toll plazas, told TOI that the state government was ready to pay certain amount for making the entire stretch toll-free. “We are ready to pay since seamless traffic flow will have huge impact on economic activities in the region, which is crucial for this area,” junior Hooda said.

Meanwhile, officials in the NHAI and road transport ministry said that at present Haryana has no role to play in the out-of-court negotiation since the state government is not a party to the contract termination case, which is being heard by Delhi high court.

Both the government bodies reiterated that there can’t be any dilution in the original proposal by the lead banker, Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), which mentioned that the Delhi border plaza will be removed and tolling will happen only at Kherki Dhaula.



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