SC tells Centre: Why should people pay toll tax for bad roads?https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/why-should-people-pay-toll-for-bad-roads-asks-supreme-court/

SC tells Centre: Why should people pay toll tax for bad roads?

“Can you ask people to pay money for bad roads? You should first see that roads can provide convenient travel and then only toll tax can be levied,” said the bench.

toll tax, supreme court, toll tax in india, toll roads, condition of toll roads, india news, toll tax news
Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court on Thursday questioned the Central government over collecting toll tax for using the National Highways despite some roads being in a very bad shape.

“Why should people pay the toll? Should they pay toll for bad roads? If the roads are bad, it is because of lack of will and policy of the government. They should do something. If concessionaires are not repairing the roads, then also the government should make sure the work is done,” observed a bench led by Justice T S Thakur.

[realted-post]

Taking strong exception to the condition of roads along various National Highways, the bench said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways needed to justify the imposition of toll tax by making sure the roads were in good condition.

“Can you ask people to pay money for bad roads? You should first see that roads can provide convenient travel and then only toll tax can be levied,” said the bench.

Who is the election result winner in your Lok Sabha constituency? Click here to find out. Get real-time updates, news and analysis on the 2019 Lok Sabha election results only at indianexpress.com/elections | For a deep dive on the elections check out data.indianexpress.com