Bomby HC seeks Centre response on PIL in opposition to FASTag, searching for choice of money for toll cost

THE BOMBAY Excessive Court docket on Wednesday directed Ministry of Street Transport and Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to reply to a PIL difficult the choice of constructing FASTag, which is fitted in a car that routinely pays toll when a car crosses the increase barrier of a toll plaza, necessary for all automobiles.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Girish S Kulkarni on Wednesday was listening to the PIL filed final week by Arjun Khanapure, a businessman from Pune, difficult circulars that mandated double charge as an alternative of precise charge for single journey as a penalty for automobiles with out FASTag.

Khanapure, via his plea, sought a lane for money cost and relaxation for FASTag for commuters in any respect toll plazas.

Advocate Uday Warunjikar for the petitioner mentioned the availability of FASTag is creating issues for these not comfy with expertise, and that the authorities arbitrarily changed the money counter or money lane into FASTag scanner at toll plazas on all nationwide and state highways, and, subsequently, leaving no scope for money cost.

The PIL mentioned although the authorities made a provision for FASTag since 2016, many are nonetheless not comfy with the expertise. They’re unable to take care of a FASTag account and, therefore, want to pay money at toll plazas.

The PIL, pending listening to, additionally sought keep on the circulars issued by the federal government on February 12 and 14 making FASTag necessary. Directing the central authorities authorities to file affidavits in reply to the PIL, the bench posted additional listening to to March 17

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