To clear the imbroglio over the collection process, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today expressed his intention for the buyout of the Gurgaon Toll Plaza
Hooda said he will talk to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Union Ministry of Road Transport for the same.
“We will talk to the NHAI and Union ministry of road transport as to whether we (Government of Haryana) can opt for the buyout of the Gurgaon Toll Plaza to ease traffic congestion,” Hooda said.
He said the Plaza can be bought by the Haryana government and then run either by it or NHAI.
On September 4, the court had barred the concessionaire from collecting toll from motorists on the expressway, but on September 28, it allowed collection except during the rush hours. The court allowed round -the-clock toll collection from October 8, after measures were taken to install additional toll-collection kiosks to decongest the traffic.
Earlier, too, there had been bitter exchanges between the concessionaire and NHAI. NHAI had sent a termination notice to the company in February this year for violating the terms of agreement.
This was challenged by the concessionaire in the Delhi High Court which stayed the termination order and directed both the parties to resolve the dispute amicably.
Later, the dispute was nullified in an out-of-court settlement.
The project connecting Delhi and Gurgaon in the National Capital Region was the first one constructed on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis that attracted a premium of Rs 61 crore in 2002.