This Week Haryana: Toll plaza jammed as ever

Toll plaza jammed as ever

The Gurgaon toll plaza continues to challenge both the concessionaire and the state government. With the Punjab and Haryana High Court having directed both sides to find a solution to rid it of jams, the concessionaire has been claiming it has formulated strategies to decongest it but nothing seems to have worked. On the directions of the High Court, all vehicles except commercial ones have been exempted from paying toll during peak hours. A retired judge has inspected the plaza and suggested various measures. On the ground, things have improved only during toll-exempted peak hours, with the queues lengthening the moment toll hours begin. The court has now extended the exemption to private vehicles during peak hours until next week. The concessionaire and the government have been asked to come out with more effective methods.

Rape worry

The police's image has taken a beating with a number of rapes reported from various districts. The victims have mostly been teenagers of the Dalit community, with those responsible videographing the rape on their mobile phones and circulating the MMS clips. Chief Minister B S Hooda and police chief R S Dalal had to appeal to the media to exercise restraint in reporting the spurt in such crimes against women. The National Commission for Women has slammed the government for failing to curb it. In one case, which involved eight rapists and four who recorded the rape on their mobiles, the government was swift in giving compensation of over Rs 6 lakh to the victim. No such compensation was offered to over half a dozen other victims.

Booked for murder

Former transport minister O P Jain and former chief parliamentary secretary Zile Ram have been booked by the CBI for the murder of Karam Singh, a former sarpanch of village Kambopura in Karnal. Both leaders had already resigned. Though the Haryana police gave them a clean chit, the High Court transferred the investigation to the CBI. Both Jain and Zile Ram had been eyeing a comeback when the CBI booked them. According to the victim's family, Karam Singh has been harassed by both leaders, whom he had allegedly bribed to secure government jobs for two of his relatives but who neither provided the jobs nor refunded the money. Karam Singh had lodged a complaint with the chief minister before he was found dead.

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