GREATER NOIDA: Arunvir Singh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), on Thursday took stock of the 165-km Yamuna expressway, which continues to witness scores of accidents. Singh convened a meeting with officials of the Jaypee group, the concessionaire of the high-speed stretch and adopted a tough stance against incomplete infrastructure requirements along the e-way. He further warned of strict action if corrective methods to reduce accidents are not implemented by the operator within the next fortnight. “I will recommend to the government that the concessionaire not be allowed to collect toll tax,” Singh told TOI.
Singh further said that on December 7, he would conduct an inspection of the e-way. “I will travel the length of both the carriageways of the expressway to check if the expressway’s operator has put into place all the requirements we have discussed including fog lights, road reflectors and markers to assist commuters to have a smooth and safe drive along the high-speed corridor. We have noticed that at some places the illuminating lights are not working, while at places the reflective paint on the road has faded. Lack of these could prove fatal especially during the winter months and in foggy conditions,” Singh said.
As per the CEO, YEIDA has been asking the concessionaire to implement the measures for the past several months. “A 5-point plan was finalized to be implemented with immediate effect along the high-speed corridor to rein in accidents and crime. They were supposed to complete everything by June 30 this year but haven’t done it so far,” he said. “They were also supposed to impose hefty fines on speedsters, which has not been done,” he added. “This time if things are not in place, I will write to the state government that the group not be allowed to collect toll with immediate effect,” he said adding that it was a serious matter which concerned lives of people using the e-way.