Even as the division bench comprising Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice R K Jain recused from hearing the Gurgaon Delhi Expressway case and referred it to another bench on Tuesday,the court ordered that no toll tax should be collected from private vehicles till Friday.
The petition will now come up for resumed hearing on Friday. On Tuesday,a report prepared by Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal was placed on record before the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In his report,Mudgal emphasised on the need for the concessionaire to employ camera recognition facilities similar to the ones employed on Delhi Noida Delhi Toll plaza to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
He has further submitted that clear signanges starting from at least a kilometre from the toll plaza should indicate the cash and tag lanes. It is also necessary to immediately construct footpath and over bridges. Condition of slip roads also has to be addressed. The service lanes and slip roads should be fully functional and not funnelled into the toll plaza at any point. It will also be necessary to observe how the traffic functions under the new arrangement if and when the Bench chooses to permit the reopening of the toll plaza.
Justice Mudgal has also recorded suggestions made by Venkata Ramana,Chief General Manager,National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Ramana had recommended the installation of Automatic Vehicle Counters cum Classifiers (AVCC) in all lanes of the split plazas so that the data from AVCC is compared with the data from the hand-held devices to prevent toll pilferage.
The public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the concessionaire,Delhi Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL),will come up for resumed hearing on Friday. On September 4,peeved over the increasing traffic chaos on the Expressway,a division bench had ordered stay on collection of toll tax from private and commercial vehicles for 15 days.