The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway operator DS Constructions have agreed for an out-of-court settlement on the toll road dispute. DS Constructions’ contract as operator will not be cancelled.

As a part of the settlement, the toll road operator has agreed to the NHAI’s demand to reduce charges for pre-paid monthly users by about a third.

Also, it will introduce smart cards. But, it is not clear yet whether the operator has agreed to drop the one-time charge of Rs 1,500 for smart tags for vehicles.

The parties informed the same to the Delhi High Court here on Tuesday. The exact details of agreement were not available.

With this move, the highways body expects to encourage more commuters to adopt tags for paying tolls and potentially reduce the time spent at toll plazas.

“Office goers between Delhi and Gurgaon use the toll plaza for 20 days a month and not 30,” NHAI officials told Business Line, explaining the rationale.

The Delhi-Gurgaon expressway project was awarded in 2002 by the NHAI to the concessionaire Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), with DGSCL paying Rs 61 crore to the authority. Mamuni.das@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on September 18, 2012)
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