Toilets, petrol pumps on Expressways? HC seeks to answer

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NEW DELHI: Delhi high court on Wednesday sought to know the stand of NHAI on a plea seeking basic facilities, including toilets, petrol pumps, ambulance and emergency facilities, on the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani issued notices to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) on the petition and listed the matter for hearing on August 26.

HC acted on a petition filed by advocate Amit Sahni, highlighting the absence of such facilities on Western Peripheral Expressway or Kundli-Manesar-Pawal (KMP) Expressway, which was made operational about two years ago.

The plea said partial amenities are available at EPE or Kundli-Ghaziabad–Palwal(KGP) Expressway, which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister in November last year.
It sought a direction to authorities to ensure basic amenities like petrol pumps, toilet complex, ambulance and emergency facilities, eateries and police patrolling on both KMP and KGP expressways.

“Directions may kindly be passed that the wayside amenities be planned and developed along with national highways and such amenities be made operational by the respondent for all its future projects before starting of toll collection on all such highways, to ensure safety and security of the commuters…,” it said.

The plea says that other NHs that are connected to Delhi have facilities like helplines for crane, ambulance, route patrol, among others. Explaining why Sahni had to come to court, he said despite a representation to NHAI on April, no action has been taken.

(Times of India)

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