HC upholds Haryana decision to remove toll plaza on Fatehabad road

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 10:32 IST
Punjab and Haryana High court. (HT Photo)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday upheld the Haryana government decision to remove the toll plaza on Uklana-Tohana-Munak road in Fatehabad district on Punjab border.

The division bench of acting chief justice SJ Vazifdar and justice TS Dhindsa dismissed a petition filed by the toll plaza concessionaire M/s Bharat Enterprises.

While dismissing the petition the court made it clear to the concessionaire that it had to deposit the toll collected since July 2015 after it was asked to remove the toll plaza.

The petitioner concessionaire had approached the high court seeking permission to let it collect toll till the completion of tenure of 18 months granted to it.

The Haryana government had submitted that the National Highway Authority of India had on April 9 declared the road under question as national highway-148 B.

After declaring the road as national highway as per the Haryana Mechanical Vehicles (Levy of Tolls) Act, 1996, no toll can be levied on vehicles on national highways, the state had submitted.

It was also told that in a similar case, on which the petitioner concessionaire was relying, the Supreme Court had dismissed its petition to continue charging of toll on national highway.

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