The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the order of the Punjab and Haryana high court which had restrained the collection of toll tax on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway for 15 days to ensure free flow of traffic.
A bench of justice DK Jain and justice Madan B Lokur rejected the plea of South Delhi Municipal Corporation which pleaded that the high court interim measure be stayed as it is losing toll tax of Rs 25 lakh per day. Senior advocate Ravi Shankar Prasad made a fervent plea for allowing it to collect taxes at least on commercial vehicles, but the bench was not impressed.
The bench asked the municipal body to approach the high court for the relief.
Anguished over the frequent traffic chaos on the highway, the high court had, on September 4, restrained the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL) from collecting toll tax on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway for 15 days saying that the concessionaire had not been able to ensure free flow of traffic on the expressway.
It had directed the Haryana government to provide dedicated police personnel at the toll plaza to ensure that security measures were in place.