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  • #61

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    Commuters see red as Delhi-Gurgaon expressway flouts HC line - Hindustan Times

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Deevakar Anand and Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times
    Gurgaon , August 13, 2013
    First Published: 01:25 IST(13/8/2013)

    Commuters see red as Delhi-Gurgaon expressway flouts HC line

    As per a Punjab and Haryana high court order of September last, it is mandatory to raise the boom barriers at Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway once the traffic pile-up there goes beyond 400 metres. To ensure this, the 400-metre mark has been painted red on the road on each side of the Sirhaul toll plaza.
    This is one of several experiments initiated last year after the traffic situation went out of hands at the toll plaza.

    Other experiments included making the toll plaza free for 15 days and creating extra toll booths in the form of split tolls.

    But, despite everything, the traffic bottlenecks at the toll plaza still continue to agonise commuters.

    While the 15-day free period has long been over and the split tolls are working — these have proved to be somewhat of a damp squib — motorists often complain that despite court orders the boom barriers are not raised when the pile-up gets as long as 400 metres, an allegation denied by the toll operator and expressway concessionaire Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL).

    “I have no clue if they ever raise the toll boom barriers as I have been stuck in queues which have extended the 400-metre mark,” said Karuna Singh, a regular commuter on the expressway, which is a part of National Highway-8.

    A spokesperson of the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited, however, said that the red line is very much there and whenever it is breached, the traffic police ensure that the boom barriers are raised and commuters get a free passage across the toll plaza.

    “Our personnel are always on alert, especially during the peak morning and evening hours and they raise the boom barriers when the pile-up touches the red mark,” said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, Gurgaon.

    The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its order last year, had mandated the Gurgaon traffic cops stationed at the toll plaza to open the boom barriers if the congestion breached the 400-metre red mark.

    “That doesn’t absolve the operator from its responsibility of ensuring a free passage when required,” said Amberdeep Singh, another regular commuter on the expressway.

    Commuter speak

    Toll staff inconsistent in lifting boom barriers: Sanjay Gupta, west Delhi resident
    I have to drive down to Gurgaon from my west Delhi residence 2-3 times a week. It takes me about 45 minutes to reach Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. However, quite a few times, it took me 30 to 40 minutes to cross the toll plaza, especially during the morning peak hours.

    In the mornings, the traffic congestion is on the Delhi side and during the evening it is on the Gurgaon side, and you can witness the situation going out of control. You can’t do anything but helplessly wait for your ordeal to get over. The pile-ups, like on last Thursday, stretch for more than a kilometre.

    I got stuck on the Rajokri flyover and had to drive continuously for about 40 minutes to be able to cross the toll. Since I use a smart tag to pay the toll, I couldn’t figure out if the expressway operator had raised the boom barriers as required once the traffic pile-up crosses the 400-metre mark.

    There are two points I want to highlight here.

    First, nobody knows who is responsible for implementing the court order of opening the toll barriers in case the pile-up crosses the 400-metre mark. The motorists who wait in the long queues cannot figure that out and they just want to come out of the hell somehow.

    Second, it’s not just about the extra time that one loses waiting at the toll but the unpredictability of the jams makes it even more agonising.

    One never knows what traffic situation he/she is going to face on reaching the toll plaza. I thank my stars sometimes when I get through the toll plaza within five minutes, but this never happens during the morning and evening rush hours.

    E-way official version

    DGSCL spokesperson
    “In order to improve the traffic flow at the Sirhaul toll plaza, the Honb’le Punjab & Haryana high court had directed that a red line be drawn on the ground at a distance of 400 metres from the toll gates on either side.

    Whenever the traffic was congested and exceeded the red line, the traffic police was directed to lift the boom barriers to ease the flow. We have followed the directives of the high court and the red line was painted on the ground in September.

    Cameras have also been installed at that point so that the control room can see whenever the red line is breached and we open the boom barriers accordingly.

    The Gurgaon traffic police are also present at the toll plaza and near the red lines. Whenever the length of stationary traffic exceeds the red line, they lift the boom barriers to ensure that the traffic flow is eased.”

    Commuters see red as Delhi-Gurgaon expressway flouts HC line - Hindustan Times
    © Copyright © 2013 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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    • #62

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      Whenever the length of stationary traffic exceeds the red line - what an ambiguous definition.

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      • #63

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        Lenders may take a Rs 1,400-cr haircut on Gurgaon Expressway

        Lenders may take a Rs 1,400-cr haircut on Gurgaon Expressway | Business Standard



        Lenders may take a Rs 1,400-cr haircut on Gurgaon Expressway

        Lenders to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, a showcase public-private partnership (PPP) road project, might be forced to take a haircut of more than Rs 1,400 crore when the government takes over from DS Construction, the concessionaire. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has informed a consortium of banks, led by IDFC Bank, that the authority would pay the lenders only Rs 175-200 crore if it takes over.

        The consortium, which includes Punjab National Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, besides IDFC, has an exposure of combined Rs 1,600 crore in the project. The decision would mean a hit of Rs 1,400 crore or more, said a government official. "IDFC-led consortium has agreed to the terms," he confirmed.

        NHAI had terminated the contract awarded to DS Construction earlier this year but the matter is sub judice at present, as the concessionaire had got a stay on the order from the Delhi High Court. "The consortium is entitled to only Rs 175-200 crore according to the termination agreement. We have clearly told it about the decision. IDFC Bank, the lead lender has an exposure of close to Rs 500 crore. It is followed by PNB (less than Rs 400 crore)," a senior NHAI official told Business Standard, asking not to be named as the matter was sub judice. An IDFC Bank spokesperson refused to comment.

        The contract had been terminated after frequent complaints of inordinate delays at the toll plaza. NHAI had also found irregularities in the manner in which DS Construction raised loans from financial institutions without the authority's permission.

        The road transport & highways ministry and NHAI are also learnt to sought the attorney-general's help in vacating the stay so that the project could be taken over at the earliest. NHAI had earlier backed a proposal to allow IDFC Bank to buy 74 per cent of the project's equity from the concessionaire but the bank was not keen. The government's decision to take over followed this. TheDelhi-Gurgaon Expressway was considered a landmark project, as it was the first time the government had received a premium from the operator, and did not have to pay anything for construction. NHAI had awarded the build-operate-transfer (BOT) project to Jaypee DSC Ltd in 2002 but Jaypee Group exited the project in 2004.

        A BLOCK DOWN THE ROAD

        2002: Jaypee DSC Ventures bags the 28-km-long Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway project
        2004: Jaypee Group exits the project, leaving DSC as the only operator
        2008: Construction completed and tolling begins
        Sep 2009: Parliament committee observes the contract terms were not being complied with, asks NHAI why the contract was not terminated
        Sep 2011: A highways ministry investigation finds financial irregularities; NHAI is asked to take legal action against the developer
        Dec 2011: NHAI issues preliminary termination notice; developer challenges the order in Delhi HC
        Feb 2012: NHAI issues contract-termination notice after HC order; NHAI and the private concessionaire inform the HC later they have agreed to work out an out-of-court solution
        Sep 2012: In a separate case against congestion on 32-lane toll plaza, Punjab & Haryana High Court restrains tolling for 15 days; Supreme Court refuses to stay the decision
        Mar 2013: NHAI issues a notice to reply within 15 days why the contract should not be terminated; DSC challenges notice in Delhi HC and gets a stay on the decision
        Sep 2013: Ministry set to to ask Attorney General to help vacate the stay

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          Developer earns Rs 893cr toll on Gurgaon expressway

          Developer earns Rs 893cr toll on Gurgaon expressway
          Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN Sep 10, 2013, 02.26AM IST


          NEW DELHI: The company operating the now trouble-mired Delhi-Gurgaon expressway may be far from recovering its investment, but it has collected nearly Rs 900cr from motorists who have paid despite long queues and shoddy toll-booth management.

          But there is doubt among some National Highway Authority of India (NHA) officials about the toll records since the volume of traffic has risen steadily.


          According to official figures submitted by the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), between February 2008 and July 2013, it collected only Rs 893 crore and NHAI got another Rs 77.5 crore as its share. NHAI officials, however, doubt the toll collection figure saying that the hand held devices used to collect toll at recently installed split plazas have not been integrated.

          A simple calculation of monthly collection from the three toll plazas on this stretch shows that in 2008-09 the total revenue was Rs 11.6 crore and it increased to
          Rs17.7 crore in 2011-12, which is the highest so far. During last financial year, it dropped to Rs 16.48 crore.

          Though the low toll collection is below the revised project cost, NHAI officials said DGSCL has taken out Rs 656.9 crore from the bank loans for refinancing the project. The developer loaned this amount to its parent company DSC Ltd at a rate of 11.6% interest.

          The project cost was originally only Rs 555 crore in 2002. It was escalated to Rs 1,205 crore in seven years. Byond this, DGSCL has borrowed Rs 1,552 crore from a bank consortium led by Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC).

          The schedule for repayment shows the total amount can be paid by March 2022, just a year before the contract for tolling ends. "The developer's claim of fall in traffic indicates that the company would have huge problem to serve the loan after March 2015. The percentage of repayment will go beyond 10% from that
          year while last year it was only 1.9%," said a senior NHAI official.

          Amid several questions, controversies and disputes between NHAI, DGSCL and lenders and authority's termination notice, the biggest sufferer is the commuter.

          DGSCL has challenged the termination notice in the Delhi high court and there have been 12 hearings since March this year. In the last two hearings, both the developer and IDFC have pushed for referring the matter to arbitration and if this happens the relief to commuters would get delayed further.

          Moreover, since the matter is sub judice and there is uncertainty on whether the court would decide in favour of project take over by NHAI even the committed improvement proposals for traffic movement are stuck.

          Even Haryana government, which has made several announcements on taking over the project, says they have no option but to wait for the court verdict. NHAI says it has taken the "maximum" step it could have as per the contract agreement. Both the parties will now try to get the stayed vacated, as it was first reported by TOI, so that the termination of contract can happen.

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          • #65

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            Tolls going - boon or bane?

            Originally posted by BlessU View Post
            Developer earns Rs 893cr toll on Gurgaon expressway
            Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN Sep 10, 2013, 02.26AM IST


            NEW DELHI: The company operating the now trouble-mired Delhi-Gurgaon expressway may be far from recovering its investment, but it has collected nearly Rs 900cr from motorists who have paid despite long queues and shoddy toll-booth management.

            But there is doubt among some National Highway Authority of India (NHA) officials about the toll records since the volume of traffic has risen steadily.


            According to official figures submitted by the Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), between February 2008 and July 2013, it collected only Rs 893 crore and NHAI got another Rs 77.5 crore as its share. NHAI officials, however, doubt the toll collection figure saying that the hand held devices used to collect toll at recently installed split plazas have not been integrated.

            A simple calculation of monthly collection from the three toll plazas on this stretch shows that in 2008-09 the total revenue was Rs 11.6 crore and it increased to
            Rs17.7 crore in 2011-12, which is the highest so far. During last financial year, it dropped to Rs 16.48 crore.

            Though the low toll collection is below the revised project cost, NHAI officials said DGSCL has taken out Rs 656.9 crore from the bank loans for refinancing the project. The developer loaned this amount to its parent company DSC Ltd at a rate of 11.6% interest.

            The project cost was originally only Rs 555 crore in 2002. It was escalated to Rs 1,205 crore in seven years. Byond this, DGSCL has borrowed Rs 1,552 crore from a bank consortium led by Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC).

            The schedule for repayment shows the total amount can be paid by March 2022, just a year before the contract for tolling ends. "The developer's claim of fall in traffic indicates that the company would have huge problem to serve the loan after March 2015. The percentage of repayment will go beyond 10% from that
            year while last year it was only 1.9%," said a senior NHAI official.

            Amid several questions, controversies and disputes between NHAI, DGSCL and lenders and authority's termination notice, the biggest sufferer is the commuter.

            DGSCL has challenged the termination notice in the Delhi high court and there have been 12 hearings since March this year. In the last two hearings, both the developer and IDFC have pushed for referring the matter to arbitration and if this happens the relief to commuters would get delayed further.

            Moreover, since the matter is sub judice and there is uncertainty on whether the court would decide in favour of project take over by NHAI even the committed improvement proposals for traffic movement are stuck.

            Even Haryana government, which has made several announcements on taking over the project, says they have no option but to wait for the court verdict. NHAI says it has taken the "maximum" step it could have as per the contract agreement. Both the parties will now try to get the stayed vacated, as it was first reported by TOI, so that the termination of contract can happen.

            I have my interests in sectors 70x & 90x beyond KD toll and have been a keen advocate of toll removal.... but off late i have been thinking - if both tolls go away would it benefit or take the city to the dogs? e-way would become any other road in gurgaon... whatever we say about the upkeep of the e-way, it is still one of the better roads in gurgaon. look at the condition of GCx road..??

            Does this govt (or for that matter any govt) has any inclination or capabilities to maintain public infra? they are very quick in pointing fingers at the concessionaire of e-way... they need to look inside and see what they have accomplished in terms of road infrastructure in the city... and it is not that they have any limitation of funds... they have not been able to erect any bus-stops, FoBs, street lights etc.. in the city..but look at how they point fingers at e-way... i find it so ironical.

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            • #66

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              Re : Does Anybody Have Any Idea When Haldiram Toll Plaza is Going to Move?

              http://www.change.org/p/kherki-dhaul...the-toll-plaza

              Do sign if you have a property or work place beyond kherki dhaul toll plaza !

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              • #67

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                hi MANOJa;

                looks like are very active on this forum.

                i need info regarding removal of khekri toll plaza, please share if u have any new updates.

                also i am planning to buy a property in godrej frontier, share if u have any insights about it.
                Last edited December 12 2015, 07:36 PM. Reason: user tag

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                • #68

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                  Originally posted by siddharth123 View Post
                  hi MANOJa;

                  looks like are very active on this forum.

                  i need info regarding removal of khekri toll plaza, please share if u have any new updates.

                  also i am planning to buy a property in godrej frontier, share if u have any insights about it.

                  Nothing concrete yet . Your guess is as good as mine .
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                  • #69

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                    Inderjit reminds Gadkari of promise to remove toll plaza


                    Gurgaon: Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh has written to Union highway and road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, seeking removal of the Kherki Daula toll plaza, which was to be dismantled in this year.

                    In the letter (TOI has a copy), Singh has reminded Gadkari that when he had visited NH-8 in July last year, he had promised residents that the toll plaza would be removed in another year. Singh has now urged Gadkari to fulfil the promise. Singh has also expressed concern over a lack of provisions for flyovers, elevated roads and facilities for pedestrians on the Gurgaon-Jaipur expressway. "Due to no provision for pedestrian-friendly facilities, several spots continue to be accident-prone," read the letter, dated December 14.

                    "The work of widening of the Gurgaon-Jaipur expressway has been going on for several years and the public has been facing great inconvenience due to this. However, there are several locations on this stretch with no provisions for flyovers, elevated roads and road crossing facilities for pedestrians," it says.

                    Singh has also said that the expressway passes through two heavily constructed areas - Manesar and Bilaspur Chowk. Residents of Manesar village resent the fact that the expressway divides their village - which is thickly populated for 2 km along the expressway - into two, and no solution has been worked out till now despite the Union minister being apprised of the problem during his inspection last year.

                    Moreover, Bilaspur Chowk is also heavily crowded because it connects NH-2, NH-8 and NH-71, and the lack of a flyover leads to frequent traffic jams, which inconvenience commuters, he wrote.



                    Inderjit reminds Gadkari of promise to remove toll plaza - The Times of India


                    Originally posted by siddharth123 View Post
                    hi MANOJa;

                    looks like are very active on this forum.

                    i need info regarding removal of khekri toll plaza, please share if u have any new updates.

                    also i am planning to buy a property in godrej frontier, share if u have any insights about it.
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