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NHAI wants Highway Act to be amended

india Updated: Mar 28, 2010 00:49 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Flooded with complaints of slow-moving traffic on the main carriageway and non-tag users barging into non-stop tag lanes at toll plazas on the Gurgaon Expressway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to move the central government for amending the Toll Rules and National Highway Authority of India Act.

With this, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) would be vested with the powers of penalising two and three-wheelers and other vehicles moving along with fast-moving vehicular traffic at the main carriageway of the expressways, where the movement of slow-moving vehicles is prohibited.

The NHAI would also be able to penalise the non-tag users for straying into tag lanes, NHAI officials said.

“Currently, the NHAI does not have powers to penalise or challan slow moving traffic or non-tag users for straying into tag lanes,” said R K Singh, chief project director, Gurgaon Expressway and chief general manager, NHAI.

“For this, we look towards the police departments of Haryana and Delhi. Unfortunately, even the police too cannot penalise such offenders as their respective state governments are yet to issue notification to authorise them with penalising powers,” Singh added.

Even the concessionaire company, DSC Limited, that built the expressway and maintains it does not have regulatory powers to penalise offenders on the Gurgaon Expressway.

Singh said the issue of acquiring penalising power through an amendment of the NHAI Act and Toll Rules would be discussed in the executive body meeting.

“We would send a recommendation to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to empower the NHAI with penalising powers,” he added.