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At least one state in India believes that the fee levied at National Highways Authority of India's toll plazas in the region were high -- its High Court, to be precise. Yep, the Tamil Nadu HC recently noted that the fees levied by NHAI at its toll booths in the state was quite excessive, especially compared to the facilities provided in lieu of the charges. Not only that, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy also said even the introduction of FasTag also has not served to ease congestion at toll plazas, contrary to what is claimed. According to a PTI report, the Madras High Court, then, recommended NHAI work on improving infrastructural facilities it provides in the state.
The bench made the observation while hearing a PIL from a Tiruchirappalli-based advocate in the matter of a petition that seeks to prevent NHAI from collecting toll fees from vehicles passing through the Paranur toll plaza on the Tambaram-Tindivanam stretch in Tamil Nadu. The petition notes that the concession agreement has already expired.
Not only that, the petitioner's counsel informed the bench that according to Rule 6 ((6)(b)) of NH Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008, NHAI is entitled to collect only 40 per cent. Furthermore, only a provisional completion certificate had been issued for the aforementioned toll plaza. And yet, the petition, continues, NHAI was allowed to collect the full toll. It also went on to discuss glaring deficiencies in service.
Folks, the matter has been adjourned for two more week, but rest assured that we will share any and all updates in this matter as soon as we hear about them.