20 times the challan to be paid on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to make the Delhi-Meerut Expressway safer by increasing fines on banned vehicles.
It is noteworthy that the authority has not allowed two wheelers and three wheelers to ply on this expressway.
NHAI along with the local authorities is trying to stop the banned vehicles from plying on this expressway. In this episode, the fine on such vehicles is being increased up to 20 times.
At present, a fine of Rs 1,000 is levied on the expressway.
The last 60 km stretch of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which connects Ghaziabad and Delhi at Akshardham Temple, is the busiest section of this expressway.
Commuters between this section often resort to the main lane of the expressway to avoid traffic jams, while only the service lane is allowed for smaller and slower vehicles.
At present, a fine of Rs 1,000 is imposed for violating this traffic rule.
Why are two wheelers and three wheelers banned?
Two wheelers and three wheelers are often seen flouting these traffic rules on this part close to Delhi.
There have been several fatal accidents on this section of the expressway in the recent past. Last week, an 18-year-old girl and two others died when an unidentified vehicle rammed their two-wheeler.
Such incidents raise questions on poor enforcement of traffic rules.
The new rule can be implemented in August only
According to NHAI officials, increasing the fine amount from Rs 1,000 to Rs 20,000 will help keep two-wheelers and three-wheelers off the expressway.
A final decision on increasing the fine is expected by the second week of this month. Once the decision is taken, it will be implemented promptly.
The main lane of the expressway has been kept out of reach of scooters and motorcycles because of the high speed of four wheelers.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, 2018. The project was completed at a cost of Rs 8,346 crore. The distance between the two cities has been reduced from two hours to about 45 minutes by this expressway.