Include Us in Panel to Inspect National Highway, Say Users

Published: 15th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2014 04:23 AM   |  A+A-

VELLORE: Welcoming the direction of the Madras High Court on Wednesday to nominate a team of experts to inspect and submit a report on the condition of the National Highway between Vellore and Chennai, users of the highway have demanded that they be represented in the committee and their views be heard. The HC’s direction came in response to a petition filed by one V R S Sampath, who contended that the toll was meant for providing a clean and quality road.  If road users were made to suffer, the collection would be improper, he had stated.

The petitioner had prayed that the authorities be directed to stop toll collection until the repair work is completed. The HC, while passing an interim order, had asked the Indian Roads Congress to nominate a team of experts to inspect the highway stretch.

Dr Vijay Govindarajan, a private bus operator here said it would be more appropriate to include local road users in the committee, who were facing difficulties and could offer solutions.

Ganesh, a tyre dealer said, the authorities were  collecting toll despite the fact that repair works were underway between Wallajah and Chennai for the past six months. . Under these circumstances, toll collection would be against the interest of road users, he argued.

Retired professor Bharathidasan said, there was no logic on the part of the NH authorities in hiking the toll fee without ensuring proper facilities. “Between Wallajah and Chennai, the highway is yet to be expanded to six lane and before the work completion, toll is being collected,” he said. Social activist R Chandrasekaran said, the government should create a separate highway for those not wanting to pay toll. The government should come out with a White Paper on the toll issue,” he said. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp