Madras HC for sep­a­rate toll lanes for VIPs

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Chen­nai: The Madras High Court Wed­nes­day di­rected the Na­tional High­ways Author­ity of In­dia (NHAI) to take steps for pro­vid­ing a sep­a­rate lane at toll plazas for VIPs, in­clud­ing sit­ting judges, across the coun­try.

“It is dis­heart­en­ing to note that the ve­hi­cles of VIPs and sit­ting Judges are stopped at toll plazas… It is very un­for­tu­nate that sit­ting judges are also com­pelled to wait in the toll plaza for 10 to 15 min­utes,” it said.

A bench com­pris­ing jus­tices Hu­lu­vadi G Ramesh and M V Mu­ralid­ha­ran passed the in­terim or­der di­rect­ing the NHAI to is­sue the cir­cu­lar to all toll plazas to pro­vide sep­a­rate lane so that ve­hi­cles of VIPs and sit­ting judges can pass through with­out any hin­drance.

It warned that the court would is­sue a show cause no­tice to the au­thor­i­ties con­cerned un­less a cir­cu­lar was is­sued and any vi­o­la­tion of the or­der would be viewed se­ri­ously.

The bench was hear­ing a batch pe­ti­tions re­lated to toll plazas, in­clud­ing a plea by the L&T Kr­ish­na­giri-Wal­la­japet Toll­way Lim­ited seek­ing a di­rec­tion to the Tamil Nadu State Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited’s Villupu­ram and Salem di­vi­sions to pay the user fee.

Un­less a sep­a­rate lane was formed at ev­ery toll plaza for VIPs, there would be un­nec­es­sary ha­rass­ment, it said post­ing the mat­ter af­ter four weeks.

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