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Orissa HC declines to intervene towards toll assortment

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By Express News Service

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court has declined to intervene towards the gathering of consumer charges (toll) at three toll plazas on stretches of the State Highway-10 whereas dismissing on Tuesday a PIL filed for it greater than 4 years in the past.

The petition filed by Sanjaya Kumar Nanda, resident of Sundargarh was listed simply as soon as on March 26, 2018 when an Additional Government Advocate showing for the State sought time for directions.

Thereafter, the petition was listed solely on August 2, 2022. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice RK  Pattanaik stated, “Although the counter affidavit was filed way back on April 27, 2018, there has been no rejoinder affidavit filed to contradict any of the replies. With the tolls having already been operational for over four years now and there is no interim stay,  the Court is not inclined to interfere in the matter at this stage.”

In the affidavit the Superintending Engineer, North Circle (R & B), Sambalpur identified {that a} street hall often called the “Biju Expressway” has been opened, which connects Rourkela to Jagdalpur in a stretch of 650.64 km. The stated street connects eight districts, out of which, a stretch of 183.20 km has been developed by the National Highways and the State NH wing.

The PIL pertained to part of the Biju Expressway having size of 162 km from Rourkela to Sambalpur and constructed underneath PPP mode with the mission value of Rs 1293 crore.

CUTTACK: The Orissa High Court has declined to intervene towards the gathering of consumer charges (toll) at three toll plazas on stretches of the State Highway-10 whereas dismissing on Tuesday a PIL filed for it greater than 4 years in the past.

The petition filed by Sanjaya Kumar Nanda, resident of Sundargarh was listed simply as soon as on March 26, 2018 when an Additional Government Advocate showing for the State sought time for directions.

Thereafter, the petition was listed solely on August 2, 2022. The division bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice RK  Pattanaik stated, “Although the counter affidavit was filed way back on April 27, 2018, there has been no rejoinder affidavit filed to contradict any of the replies. With the tolls having already been operational for over four years now and there is no interim stay,  the Court is not inclined to interfere in the matter at this stage.”

In the affidavit the Superintending Engineer, North Circle (R & B), Sambalpur identified {that a} street hall often called the “Biju Expressway” has been opened, which connects Rourkela to Jagdalpur in a stretch of 650.64 km. The stated street connects eight districts, out of which, a stretch of 183.20 km has been developed by the National Highways and the State NH wing.

The PIL pertained to part of the Biju Expressway having size of 162 km from Rourkela to Sambalpur and constructed underneath PPP mode with the mission value of Rs 1293 crore.