Abhishek Behl

Abhishek Behl is principal correspondent, Hindustan Times in Gurgaon Bureau. He covers infrastructure, planning and civic agencies in the city. He has been covering Gurgaon as correspondent for the last 10 years, and has written extensively on the city.

Articles by Abhishek Behl

NPR evictees stage protest in Gurgaon, threaten to move court

Evictees allege Huda has failed to allot alternative plots to them as per an HC-ordered settlement announced a year ago

(Representative Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2016 01:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Gurgaon likely to see waterlogging this monsoon too

The game plan of the district administration, and particularly Huda, is falling to pieces due to delay in land acquisition, poor inter-agency coordination and lack of funds.

A Gurgaon road during last year’s monsoon.(HT file photo)
Published on May 17, 2016 03:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

New Huda Gurgaon chief to focus on infra, engage with community

Yashpal Yadav, the new chief of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) Gurgaon, is sort of a ‘turnaround specialist’ whose skills could help the cash-strapped authority undergo major change.

Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav also plans to discuss issues related to waterlogging and cleaning of drains.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2016 03:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Underpasses still on paper, chaos reigns on Delhi-Gurgaon e-way

Iffco Chowk is one of the intersections on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway where an underpass has been proposed.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 16, 2016 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

NHAI will not oppose toll plaza acquisition: Chairman

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will have no objection if the Haryana government plans to acquire the Kherki Daula toll plaza, the highways authority chairman Raghav Chandra said.

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra (second from right) at Kherki Daula toll plaza on Saturday.(Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)
Published on May 16, 2016 04:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

NHAI chief visits e-way, to expand Kherki toll plaza

In an effort to end the perpetual traffic congestion at the Kherki Daula toll plaza on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will acquire the adjoining land on priority.

NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra (centre) at Kherki Daula toll plaza on Saturday.(Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2016 04:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Gurgaon: Fake defence ID cards used for exemption from toll

There is a rise in the use of fake identity cards of defence personnel by residents in Gurgaon to avoid paying toll at Kherki Daula toll plaza.

Toll collectors said they seize up to 10 to 12 fake defence personnel cards every day.(HT Photo)
Published on May 13, 2016 03:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

NHAI chairman to visit Delhi-Gurgaon e-way on Saturday

To understand the plight of commuters using the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and expedite infrastructure projects on the road, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) chairman Raghav Chandra will visit Gurgaon on Saturday.

The NHAI chairman is expected to meet highway officials, concessionaire and the operator of the expressway.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 13, 2016 03:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Narrow entry-exit points lead to jams on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway

Lack of land on both sides of Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, and presence of multiple agencies in Gurgaon has ensured that only cosmetic changes could be made to the multiple entry and exit points on the highway.

Poor design of major junctions worsens the congestions on the Gurgaon Expressway.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2016 03:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Speeding makes Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway drives dangerous

Enforcement of speed limits on the busy Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway remains a major cause of concern. Around 70 challans are issued on the highway every day for overspeeding, but this does not seem to act as much of a deterrent for the violators.

On the Gurgaon expressway, the maximum speed limit is 80 kmph for cars and 60 kmph for trucks.(Parveen kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 11, 2016 02:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Gadkari to consider 70% toll rebate for Gurgaon

Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh (second from left), made the announcement at a rally in Pataudi on Sunday that was also attended by CM Manohar Lal Khattar (centre) and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh (second from right).(HT Photo)
Published on May 10, 2016 12:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Fewer deaths but Delhi-Gurgaon expressway accidents still high

The number of deaths on the expressway have fallen from 115 in 2008 to 30 in 2015

The number of accidents on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway has declined, but the figure still remains high with 628 accidents in 2015.(HT File Photo)
Published on May 10, 2016 12:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Spire Woods buyers ask Haryana CM to intervene, ensure flats are delivered

Buyers of Spire Woods called upon the Haryana Chief Minister on Sunday and sought the government’s intervention to ensure that the project is completed.

Apartment buyers protest at the mini secretariat in Gurgaon on Sunday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2016 01:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Huda, police clash over allotment of bungalow

Huda employees opposed a police team from taking possession of a Huda bungalow on behalf of a senior police official

Huda workers clash with the police on Monday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 10, 2016 12:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Khattar directs Huda to update land record, safeguard authority land

Haryana chief minister directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority to prepare a detailed list of land owned by the authority after it came to his notice that it did not have proper land revenue records

The Huda does not have proper land revenue records.(HT File)
Published on May 10, 2016 12:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Toll Hatao Samiti to meet CM before agitation on May 22

A meeting of Toll Hatao Sangarsh Samiti at Huda Gymkhana Club on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2016 12:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Delhi-Gurgaon expressway not pedestrian-friendly

Wrongly-designed road junctions, waterlogged and potholed service lanes, dysfunctional traffic signals, lack of footpaths and no streetlights has made commuting a nightmare for those using the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.

(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2016 01:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Gurgaon: Call to remove Kherki Daula toll plaza gets stronger

Industry and trade bodies along with the locals are gearing up for a repeat of the successful battle they fought to get the Sirhaul toll plaza shifted.

Trucks can be seen parked on the stretch leading to Manesar.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on May 06, 2016 12:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Jaywalking continues on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway

Thousands of people living on both sides of the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway between Rajiv Chowk and Kherki Daula toll plaza prefer to cross the main carriageway than use the pedestrian bridge near Narsinghpur village and the underpass at Kherki Daula toll plaza.

On Tuesday, a group of villagers removed the boom barrier at the Kherki Daula toll plaza.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2016 03:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Villagers thrash Kherki Daula toll plaza employees, ransack booth

A highway toll collector at Kherki Daula toll plaza was thrashed and his booth ransacked by a group of villagers who got angry when they were asked to show original documents of a vehicle demanding free passage at the toll on Tuesday morning.

A group of villagers attacked the Kherki Daula toll plaza staff on Tuesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2016 03:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAbhishek Behl and Leena Dhankhar, Gurgaon

Drivers’ protest cripples Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway traffic

A demonstration by 100 drivers of diesel-run cabs near the Shiv Murti on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway crippled traffic on the highway.

Protest by diesel taxi drivers blocked traffic on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway for the second day on Tuesday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2016 03:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon/new Delhi

Diesel taxi ban: Agitating cabbies stall Delhi-Gurgaon traffic again

A protest taken out by around 100 diesel cab drivers near Shiv Murti on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway gave rise to a major traffic jam on Tuesday. Its effects were felt all the way till RTR Flyover and Shankar Vihar in Delhi, and Rajokri in Gurgaon.

Agitating diesel taxi drivers blocked the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, causing a major traffic jam.(PTI photo)
Updated on May 03, 2016 02:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon/new Delhi/noida

Gurgaon: MCG will take over 21 Huda sectors today

Despite having no clear road map for the formal transfer of sectors, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) decided to take over 21 sectors from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Gurgaon, on Saturday.

The MCG will take over maintenance of 21 sectors, including Sector 15 (above), from Saturday.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 01:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

NHAI will reserve 3 lanes for tag users at Kherki Daula toll

The Kherki Daula toll plaza that is a bottleneck on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway will have three dedicated lanes for smart tag users from May 2.

Until now, tag users and cash payers ended up in the same lane, defeating the purpose of having tags.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 01:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Lack of streetlights on Delhi-Gurgaon e-way leads to accidents

Commuters using the service roads of the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway have been silently suffering because of the lack of streetlights and poor condition of the road.

While those on bikes and cars are able to manage, the pedestrians are the ones who suffer the most.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 01:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Anger brews as villagers denied free tags at Kherki Daula toll plaza

Residents say concessionaire stopped issuing free tags in August 2015, toll collectors refuse to show leniency even those with valid IDs

Villagers are planning to start an agitation to force the issue of free passage through toll plaza.(Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2016 02:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Haryana schools get terror ready, will have multiple exits

In order to reduce the vulnerability of schools during a terror attack, the Haryana government has ordered that all new schools need to have three to four side entry/exits from different approach roads.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has asked the town and country planning department to conduct a ground survey to find schools that have only one entry/exit gate. The survey will also find schools that have only one approach road.(HT File)
Updated on Apr 26, 2016 03:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Unplanned underpasses won’t decongest Delhi-Gurgaon expressway: Experts

Urban planners fear that inaccurate design and near-negligible focus on traffic projections will mar the intended outcome of the projects.

The NHAI will build three underpasses at Iffco Chowk, Signature Tower and Rajiv Chowk, besides a flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, for Rs 900 crore.(Parveen Kumar//HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2016 03:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Kherki toll has to go, will take it up with Gadkari: MP

Union minister of state for defence and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh on Friday said he will continue to push for the removal of Kherki Daula toll plaza from the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway as it has become a bottleneck for commuters and a major drag on the industries in Manesar and Bawal.

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping inspected the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and visited the Kherki Daula toll plaza on July 25, 2014.
Updated on Apr 22, 2016 10:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon

Illegal access points to e-way a cause of snarls

Unauthorised access points dotting the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway from Mahipalpur to Kherki Daula toll plaza are a cause of frequent snarls and accidents on the expressway. Vehicles moving on the busy service roads are often abruptly confronted by a slow moving truck or a car coming at high-speed from a roadside hotel or mall.

No establishment or institution is allowed direct access to the expressway without the permission of the National Highways Authority of India.(Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2016 01:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Gurgaon
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