MEP Infrastructure Development Pvt Ltd has bagged two major projects in Uttar Pradesh – the management of the Joya Toll Plaza on NH 24 for the stretch of 56 km and Sikandara Toll Plaza on NH 2 for the stretch of 77 km.
He had a dream: to create a livelihood for rural youth. And once Santosh Parulekar, Co-Founder and COO, Pipal Tree Ventures Pvt Ltd (PTVPL), realised the construction sector was the way to do it, there has been no turning back. He tells Shriyal Sethumadhavan about his company, its plans and prospects.
In Kerala, the Guruvayur Infrastructure, a joint venture company responsible for toll collection and road maintenance on the Mannuthi-Edappally stretch of the National Highway has hiked the toll rates being charged from motorists at the Paliyekkara toll plaza in Thrissur on March 27. The toll hike has taken place despite strong public protests.
The first interoperable Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology based Electronic Tolling System at Charoti Toll Plaza, Dahanu in Thane district of Maharashtra was dedicated to the nation by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi on April 12.
The toll plaza between Delhi and Gurgaon on the national highway is likely to be removed. The toll plaza has become contentious as users had to wait for long, resulting in traffic block. This also led to an intervention by the Punjab High Court last year. This was one of the options discussed in a meeting held between Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and the Union Road Transport Minister CP Joshi in Delhi recently.
In Pune, the district administration has ordered a fresh survey of the stretch between toll plaza at Shindewadi and the beginning of the highway near the Katraj tunnel. This was done in connection with land acquisition for a project, said the Pune District Collector Vikas Deshmukh on June 20. Lok Sabha MP from Baramati, Supriya Sule during the day held a meeting of villagers from Khed Shivapur with the district collector to hear grievances put forward by the villagers.
There are four toll plazas set up on the stretch of National Highway (NH-24) between Dalpatpur (Moradabad) to Dasna (Gaziabad) in Uttar Pradesh. Toll Plazas were established accordingly so as to ensure that there is no revenue loss to the government.
From the 32-lane toll plaza on Gurgaon expressway, the toll collected has been increased by Rs 60 lakh in a single month after the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) commissioned a survey to monitor collections. This was stated by the NHAI before the Delhi High Court on October 28.