The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued a ‘Notice of Motion’ to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the Union government and the Millennium City Expressways, which manages the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza, after the court took cognizance of a PIL filed against the toll management for not issuing tickets valid for 24 hours.
RTI activist Aseem Takyar, who filed the PIL, said, “A NHAI notification states that there should be 24-hour valid ticket pattern, but the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza is issuing toll fee tickets only for a single journey. For instance, if I go to Manesar, I have to spend Rs 60… while coming back to Gurgaon, I have to again pay Rs 60. As per notification, the toll authorities should charge only Rs 80 to Rs 85 for the return journey and the ticket should be valid for 24 hours.”
“To regulate toll fees and manage toll plazas on national highways, the NHAI has issued two notifications… according to these notifications, a ticket which is issued by a toll plaza should be valid for 24 hours. But here, in the Kherki Dhaula toll plaza on NH-8, the management is charging toll fee for each and every crossing of the same vehicle and they are not issuing a ticket valid for 24 hours…,” said the petition.
“The management… situated at NH-8 are charging the toll fee as per their own choice and they are not following the rules as mentioned in the above notifications issued by the NHAI… the management on this toll plaza are charging huge amount from the public without following rules and regulations, so the charging of toll fee and issuing only one way journey ticket by this toll plaza is wrong and illegal,” the petition stated.
The petitioner said that non-issuance of 24-hour tickets also led to traffic jams.