'Toll collection through FASTag in December increased significantly by over Rs 201 crore to Rs 2,303.79 crore, as against Rs. 2,102 crores in November 2020,' the NHAI said.
The court in 2019 took up the plea based on the note put up by Justice M Sathyanarayan to the Chief Justice on the poor condition of the highways.
Kishan said that Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari would virtually inaugurate six newly-laid National Highways in Telangana on December 21.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will collaborate with 200 premier institutes and engineering colleges across the country to adopt highway stretches.
Over 300 institutes are expected to collaborate to adopt national highway (NH) stretches, it said.
With heavy rains lashing the district for the past two days, several roads in the city were inundated, posing hardship for the commuters.
NHAI said it is actively promoting digital payment through FASTag to enhance the user experience on National Highways and reduce pollution on account of queuing of vehicles at toll plazas.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will also construct a temporary toll plaza at Vazhamuttom and its toll collection is expected to start by next month.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari launches app 'Harit Path' to monitor plantation along national highways
While inaugurating the mobile app, the minister emphasised on strict monitoring of plantation and transplantation of trees.
The court directed the State government and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to file counter affidavit on the issue.
The Central government has tweaked the standards for the construction of paved shoulders -- a portion of road on the extreme left side -- by reducing its width.
The NHAI hopes that the adoption of stretch by the Institutes will open avenue for access to important data, which can be used to improve the quality and safety aspects of national highways.
The assessment parameters are based on different international practices and studies for bench-marking highway performances in Indian context.
The official said the decision has been taken by the Authority to ensure that not even a minor financial irregularity is tolerated.
Calling for speedier decision-making, the Minister said this unusual thrust is critical for accelerated economic development to make India an Economic Superpower and $ 5 trillion economy.