Chandigarh: The private vehicles plying on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway will continue to be exempted from paying toll for the next three days as Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday posted the matter to September 28.

A Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri on Tuesday referred the case to another Bench.

The case is expected to come up for hearing before the Special Bench of Justice Jasbir Singh, which has been hearing the matter till the previous hearing on September 20- the day after which Justice Sikri took over as the High Court's Chief Justice.

Last week, the High Court had extended the ban on collection of toll from private vehicles plying on the expressway till on Tuesday.

The September 4 directions restraining the concessionaire from collecting the toll came after the Gurgaon traffic police had moved the High Court alleging that the concessionaires were responsible for the traffic snarls at expressway as they lacked required staff to deal with the problem.

However, the court, on the previous hearing had ordered that all commercial vehicles will pay the toll with effect from 6 PM of that day and they will continue to do so and there is no change in that status.

On the previous hearing, the division bench comprising Justice Jasbir Singh, who was then Acting Chief Justice and Justice R K Jain, had appointed former Chief Justice of the High Court Mukul Mudgal as local commissioner to inspect the area and submit its report by Monday.

Justice Mudgal had to report by Monday to the High Court as to whether the concessionaire--Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL)--has implemented the decongestion plan submitted by it.

However, as the case was adjourned, the report submitted by Justice Mukul Mudgal on Monday could not come up for consideration.
The court had earlier directed the concessionaires to implement the provisions submitted by it to decongest the Expressway that included increasing the number of toll lanes from 32 to 53.

Justice Mudgal has recommended that widening of the road from Udyog Vihar must be accorded priority.

He has also recommended that the hand held devices should be substituted with handy apparatus, which could be integrated to the server already recording the number of vehicles passing through the area.

Justice Mudgal submitted the report to the High Court after he visited the expressway on Sunday to inspect the arrangements made by the private concessionaire, to de-congest the 32-lane toll plaza.

Earlier on September 4, the High Court had restrained DGSCL for a fortnight collection of toll tax on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, saying the concessionaire had failed to avoid chaos and free flow of traffic.

The Court had also directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to hold a meeting with the state government and the stake holder to solve the problem within a fortnight.

The court had earlier ordered the private concessionaire to find ways to the problem by way of putting extra toll collection windows and deploying personnel with hand-held toll collection machines.

On an earlier hearing on August 16, the High Court had taken a serious view of the non-compliance of its earlier order pertaining to decongestion of the expressway by the concessionaire, and also directed the Gurgaon traffic police to file a status report on the methods employed by the private concessionaire.


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