GURUGRAM: of new Gurugram sectors held a on Wednesday on the , putting forth their demands for basic facilities and for speedy completion of the expressway. They also rallied against regular traffic jams at Kherki Daula plaza, demanding its removal.
Residents and homebuyers have been pressing for the relocation of the toll and completion of the expressway for a long time, they said. Residents across of Gurugram (81-115), can’t avoid the toll, they complained.

“Our societies are located beyond the toll plaza. Thus, we have to cross Kherki Daula. After travelling for merely 2km from Vatika, I have to pay toll,” said Lokesh Yadav, resident of Sector 82. “If authorities don’t look into this matter, we will pitch in with our own MLA. Residents of Dwarka Expressway will declare the candidate’s name three months before the elections,” Yadav added.

Pradip Rahi, a member of DXP Welfare Association, said, “We asked NHAI why residents of Dwarka Expressway have to pay toll every time they have to reach older sectors of new Gurugram. We cross it every day. We suggested till the time the issue of the toll plaza is resolved, they should exempt us from paying toll.” Incidentally, the same exemption was made by NHAI for 31 neighbouring villages, after they protested last year.

Residents were disappointed after NHAI officials told them they don’t have authority to exempt anyone from paying toll. “The Gurugram NHAI project director told us the deputy commissioner alone can exempt us of paying toll,” Rahi said.

DXP Welfare Association president Yashesh Yadav, who lives in Sector 110, said, “Did we buy our flats here to pay toll each time we step out of our houses? This isn’t fair.”

“The government is fooling residents. The toll plaza will not be dismantled before General Elections in 2019. This issue will be used by parties in their election campaigns,” Yadav said.

Residents said relocation of the toll plaza doesn’t seem to be top of the agenda for politicians. “A while ago, authorities said the toll will go to Sehrawan. Why haven’t they remove it yet?” said Rajiv Ranjan, another resident of Sector 82. A senior NHAI official told TOI nothing could be done yet about exempting Dwarka Expressway residents. “The matter is sub-judice in Delhi high court,” he said.

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