Haryana government informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday that it has issued orders to suspend toll collection at toll plazas on state highways till December 2, following the Centre’s demonetisation orders.
The submissions were made on Monday during the resumed hearing of a petition moved by four contractors authorised by the Haryana government to collect toll on state highways, who had approached the court after bearing the brunt of demonetisation.
The contractors had submitted that though the Central government had exempted toll collection on national highways till December 2 midnight, but the Haryana government did not extend the date beyond November 11 for its state highways. Petitioners’ senior counsel VK Jindal had informed that since the commuters are of the impression that the toll on state highways is being illegally collected by the contractors, it has resulted into heated exchange between the toll plaza employees and the public in general, leading to a law and order problem.
However, Jindal submitted on Monday that the state government should make some arrangement to ensure smaller currency with the toll contractors so as to ensure that there are no traffic jams and to maintain law and order.
The court has directed the Haryana government to file its detailed reply by December 5.