Kherki Daula toll shift: Concessionaire to study traffic volume, revenue loss at new site
MCEPL, which is owned by a consortium of banks, has expressed reservations over the proposed shifting of the Kherki Daula toll beyond Saharanwas as it could impact the revenue collection of the concessionaire, which has to return almost 1200 crores to the banks.
In a major development, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has given permission to the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway concessionaire to conduct a study to assess traffic volume at Saharanwas village near Manesar where the Kherki Daula toll is proposed to be shifted. The study will also look at any loss in revenue due to the shift.
The concessionaire, Millennium City Expressways Private Limited (MCEPL), will conduct the week-long study, a senior NHAI official said.
He also said once the toll study is over, the report will be submitted to the NHAI by the concessionaire. It is to be noted that MCEPL, which is owned by a consortium of banks, has expressed reservations over the proposed shifting of the Kherki Daula toll beyond Saharanwas as it could impact the revenue collection of the concessionaire, which has to return almost 1200 crores to the banks.
The site proposed for the new toll plaza is Saharanwas on Delhi-Jaipur Expressway. It is located around 12km from the existing Kherki Daula toll plaza and is around 2.5km from NSG complex in Manesar.
“The concessionaire has been given permission to conduct a toll study from September 25 to October 1. This study is being done to find out exactly what the volume of traffic passing through that point will be and to figure out any loss in revenue that could happen when the toll is shifted from Kherki Daula to Saharanwas,” said Ashok Sharma, project director, Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The NHAI has also sought 42 hectares in Saharanwas to build a toll plaza building as the present one in Kherki Daula will become defunct once the toll is shifted.
“The Gurgaon administration is looking into the ownership and feasibility of the land in Saharanwas and, once the modalities are completed, the land is most likely to be shifted to the NHAI. The land which is with the government would be transferred while private land, if needed, would have to be acquired,” Sharma said.