Options tossed to break expressway gridlock

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SummaryAdmn, police, operator to suggest measures in report to NHAI.

Admn, police, operator to suggest measures in report to NHAI

Authoriuties are considering sealing a few entry points to the Gurgaon expressway and strictly enforcing lane discipline at toll booths to reduce congestion on the highway. Congestion at the main toll plaza could also be reduced further by constructing additional toll booths some distance away from it to stagger the load of motorists.

These are a few of the options the Gurgaon traffic police, local administration and toll operator Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), have considered in a series of meetings held since Monday.

Officials said the local administration and the toll operator are expected to submit a report to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday detailing measures to reduce congestion on the expressway. The discussions began after the high court, last week, asked the toll operator to free the Sirhaul toll plaza following complaints of congestion, and asked authorities to find ways to resolve the problem.

One of the options is to change the traffic flow on the roads near the toll plaza, which authorities have pointed out creates congestion on the main expressway, said an official. “Nothing is final as of now. Officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the traffic police and the DGSCL are still in discussions, and they are considering many options,” he added.

Once this report is submitted, the NHAI will examine the measures and come out with a solution acceptable to all the stakeholders, following which a report will be submitted to the high court.

An official said a key proposal is to seek traffic police help to ensure motorists who want to pay the toll fee in cash do not enter the lane designated exclusively for tag users. “Another suggestion is to encourage tag users. The NHAI has suggested providing free tags to commuters first and then generating revenue later when they recharge their tags,” he added.

The NHAI is learnt to have also suggested introduction of touch-and-go cards like Delhi Metro smart cards, which they hope could reduce stoppage time at toll booths.

DGSCL officials said they, along with the district administration, are meeting to discuss the various proposed measures. “We are discussing the matter and will submit our report to the NHAI on Wednesday,” a DGSCL official said.

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