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Gurgaon: Toll operators who fail to provide mandatory emergency services may be booked as the district administration plans to take legal action against concessionaires in the event of default.
The operator of the new Ghamroj toll plaza on the under-construction Sohna elevated road has come under scrutiny for failing to follow guidelines for its management. Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav on Thursday advised toll operators to improve operations or be prepared to face the consequences. Gurgaon has four toll plazas – one at Kherki Daula, Gurgaon-Faridabad route, Ghamroj and KMP Expressway.
While chairing a road safety committee meeting, Yadav said several shortcomings were discovered during an inspection of the Ghamroj toll plaza. there is no emergency lane, toll personnel did not wear uniforms or ID cards, no signage was installed, and the ambulance’s fitness certificate had expired, he declared.
“Borough magistrates (SDM) have been asked to issue notices to toll operators in their respective areas giving them a week to respond. The FIR will be registered against the toll operators if they are found to be in breach of the standards,” Yadav said, adding that a meeting of all toll operators will be organized soon.
The Indian Roads Congress had in 2013 specified a list of emergency services to be provided by private concessionaires to ensure the safety of citizens and smooth traffic flow. These include a highway patrol unit, emergency medical service, crane service, operation and maintenance service, emergency vehicle lane and toilets. All of these services should be provided around the clock.
School bus safety was also discussed at the meeting.
“It is mandatory for all schools to follow school bus guidelines. There should be no wiggle room,” Yadav said. All SDMs have been ordered to inspect at least five schools in their respective areas within a month and issue challans on the spot if any irregularities are found.

Michelle J. Kelley