About Indian Tollways


Chief Editor

We are glad to bring out the release of this e news magazine bringing you the latest news on the developments of BOT projects in India.

As you are all already aware that the future of road construction in India is going the BOT way . Not only the NHAI , but even the state governments such as the Government of Punjab through PIDB and Madhya Pradesh Government through MPSRD has come out with no. of BOT projects .

Apart from Road Projects even Check Post Management has gone the BOT way with state governments such as the NEW DELHI already having implemented and KERELA and RAJASTHAN in the planning stage to go for BOT projects for CHECK POST MANAGEMENT.

With this magazine we hope to bring together companies and professionals in BOT road projects to share news ,views ,problems and solutions through a platform which will bring together best of the industry through a forum for sharing thier knowledge .

Also we hope to use this a medium for recruitment of High skill professionals having experience in managing different aspects of BOT projects by the leading BOT concession companies.

Last but not the least we want to constantly educate the concessionaires about the latest in Tolling and Traffic Management Technologies offered by Metro Road Systems and its global partners –Kapsch Trafficom , Austria and ECM of France .

We would really appreciate constructive and critical feedback on this maiden venture in the Industry.

In the next issues you can look forward to :

1. Articles from renowned people in Industry
2. Web Chat with experts on Hot topics concerning industry
3. Lot of illustrations and pictures

Thanks and Regards,
Sachin Bhatia
Chief Editor,
Indian Tollways
sachin@metroroadsystems.com

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Industry Expert

Dear readers,

I feel honoured to be a part of indiantollways.com. Indiantollways Indias is  first website which gives a through insight into to news and views on Indian road tolling. I feel extremely happy to be  bringing in news, write up articles from experts, suggestions,  distinguished persons in the transport  sector sharing their views and also people from all walks of life who would share their ideas of  on this  forum with  their  vast  knowledge  and expertise in the  transport industry. Columns from experts from various quarters of the country on the infrastructural amenities is going to be a great boon for all of our readers m and also news from Indian road sector, policies of the Government as and When it happens.

With India on the world map and investors ready to invest India is  going to be happening destination in  future.  With India’s road industry developing fast  and metropolitan cites already feeling the space crunch and facing lots of problems in vehicular traffic area we need to have good sensible  traffic system this is where  ITS Comes in the Scene.

With  increase in buying power of money almost every household from low income to middle  owning a vehicle its  contributing to rise of vehicles roads  filled in with lots traffic  Let us keep in mind that tourism industry is also showing a rise in influx of tourists from various countries The Transport  Policing are facing a tough time. This is a challenge not only to the experts but also to the lay man who would like to reach their destinations with easily accessible infrastructure of the  road.

With Indian roads making inroads into even remote areas is now a boon and a curse… accidents waiting happen  HTV and other modes of transportation though has made contribution in nation building but at the same times has been giving tough challenge to basic infrstrurcture developing community.  

Intelligent Transportation System  (I T S) invariably though a new concept  with the introduction of new road policy metropolitan cities are trying to implement and adapt new  techniques of ITS  so that commutation becomes easy  and the common man can travel safely.

Though plethora of problems  galore and accidents waiting happen…. Can we really afford lose precious life.. time ..energy…. No !   Here is where we need  I T S !   In the near future the  I T S will play  a major role in solving the problems faced by the Basic Infrastructure. As technology is developing faster lets hope I T S gives us the best solution to make Indian roads safe and it would go a long way giving a thrust to the  Indian economy directly or indirectly.

Let us all contribute with whatever constructive ideas be it an individual or a big firm by which we can make Indian roads Travel into a comfortable, safer and Interesting  Journey !

 I would be extremely happy hear from people from various walks of life … be it  suggestions, feed-back ,complaint or kudos So pls write in at Indiantollways.com

K.N.Srinivasan  

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Editor

I am privileged to be the part of Indian Tollways , and am looking forward to bring together more and more news , views , articles and interviews from experts on ITS , Toll Plazas Operations , concessionaires and government from time to time.

Intelligent Transportation System  is an emerging  field not only in India but across the country side , and India has got a huge potential in overcoming in the area of ITS. The Metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore are equipped with new road  and Traffic management  technologies while rest are eager to adopt it, and Indian Tollways pioneers in that case .

But there are many challenges being faced like increasing rate of accident , traffic Jam at the peak hour  ,and the stuck up of fire bridge ,ambulances in  the traffic ,for overcoming all these challenges  long tread of efforts is required which can only heads to victory.Therefore Enterprises and the manpower are putting their best efforts in ease to provide the solution for the challenges faced by the ITS and in upgrading the technologies currently being use .Hope they succeed in the way .

I am extremely excited to be part of the Indian Tollways team , and I would like to thank all the readers for the overwhelming response and support making this a successful initiative .

I will be glad to receive the timely  feedback and enquiries from all the visitors of IndianTollways.com from across the world.

Ritu Oswal
Editor
Indian Tollways
editor.indiantollways@gmail.com

 

22 Comments on “About Indian Tollways” Post your comment

  1. Daljit Singh Khokhar on December 20th, 2011 5:58 pm

    Dear Mr. Sachin Bhatia,

    I have been sharing my blogs,comments and problems of road construction and Third Party Stage Inspection to ensure quality construction of district roads also according to IRC code of practice.I have also sent my comments for the Conference held in Nov. 23 at Bangalore but I did not receive any acknowledgement if the Issues of Delhi Gurgaon Toll Plaza had any access .

    Please confirm if you receive my mail so that I may take interest in sending you my comments. There are 5 articles in Easy Drive Forum also which have 5 star rating. I want to share my comments with you. Thanks
    Daljit Singh
    Techno Socio Activist
    28/7 Urban Estate Gurgaon
    Mob 9313882957

  2. NASIM KHAN on May 29th, 2012 8:57 am

    Dear Sachin,

    This was a great read. Excellent info for analysis which will help in
    decision making. Keep it up.

    Thanks

    Nasim Khan

  3. ITW Editor on May 29th, 2012 12:46 pm

    Dear Nasim,
    Thanks for your feedback , we are going publish the same in the website .

    Please let me know which article you are referring so that we can reffer that in the letter which we publish.

    BR

    Sachin

  4. NASIM KHAN on May 29th, 2012 12:47 pm

    Dear Sachin,

    I read all the articles under : These provide a very easy access to current news in the industry and has great info that I would otherwise have to get going thru various Infra and constr / project monitor magazines.

    Latest Headlines
    NHAI sees drastic drop in bids for road projects
    Reliance Infra eyes stressed road assets; profit flat
    Ramky Infra Bags Rs.1,248.95 Orders
    IRB Infra acquires MVR Tollways for Rs 130 crore
    ITNL, IRB: Strong project pipeline enhances visibility
    3,000 km of 2-lane roads a lifeline for smaller builders
    Funny Rides
    Now road toll can be paid without stopping at plazas
    KNR Constructions completes NHAI project in record time
    Road Marking Product by Road Safety Mark

    Thanks….have become a fan of Indian Tollways and will await your newsletter…..

    Regards

    Nasim Khan | Sales Manager | AP Coatings Limited

  5. NAGARAJA NAIDU on June 6th, 2012 1:22 pm

    I would like to know the best way of safest toll booth construction .

  6. NAGARAJA NAIDU on June 6th, 2012 1:28 pm

    Dear Sir
    I am working as Chief Officer in charge .In my 5 years exp i have seen no of booth collapses due to Veh.touch.Want to know strong construction of booth.

  7. Yashpal Pathak on November 14th, 2012 12:11 pm

    I Want to Know About Company Head Contact Add & Phon Nos

    Thanks

    Yashpal Pathak
    Mobbile No:-9410002263

  8. Rahul Darandale on December 26th, 2012 5:46 pm

    Respected Sir

    I am working in construction Company as an toll system auditor i would like to know any job openings in your company i have now 1 year experience if any vacancies please feel free to contact.

    Thanks & Regards

    Rahul Darandale
    Mob:-+919922708207
    +919665943207

  9. rajesh on April 18th, 2013 12:15 am

    Respected Sir,

    Education Department toll tax free,

  10. Sharad More on May 27th, 2013 3:31 pm

    I Like

  11. Sharad More on May 27th, 2013 3:31 pm

    Contact me

  12. Dipanshu Rawal on November 14th, 2013 12:24 pm

    Respected Sir,
    I am Dipanshu studying in 10+2 class in Bhagwan

    Mahaveer Public School Banga ,Punjab. Me and my

    friends are participating in National Science Congress

    at distt level. We have worked on energy wastage due

    to toll plazas. We have surveyed two toll plazas-

    Behram toll plaza and Ladowal {Ludhiana} toll

    plaza. Our team members have counted that

    approximately 10,000-12,000 vehicles pass from

    Behram toll plaza daily and about 45,000-48,000

    vehicles pass from Ladowal toll plaza daily. We have

    measured with our vehicle experimentally that around

    Rs.6-7 on an avg a vehicle is wasting fuel daily by

    just passing through one toll plaza. Also a lot of time

    is being daily wasted at toll plazas. Also a lot of

    paper wastage is done on toll plazas daily during slip

    system. So we are suggesting you that we can also use

    electronic toll plaza method which already have

    started in foriegn countries. So this is main title of our

    problem alongwith the solution of problem. We request

    you to discuss this with your team as soon possible and

    to also consult your higher authorities and to help our

    nation by saving fuel energy for future use.
    with thanks,
    Vishavjit, Dipanshu, Kartik, Tajinder and Navjeet.
    Banga
    Distt. S.B.S Nagar
    Punjab
    Pincode- 144505
    Contact no. 7696191101
    Email- RAWALARORA@GMAIL.COM

  13. Omesh Hemraj Bopche on November 24th, 2013 5:39 pm

    Respected Sir,
    I am now working with Atlanta Infra Assets LTD. Company on Toll plaza as a System Auditor & IT Engineer. There also I conduct Monthly Pass counter from date-25th/March/2013 to till date. I would like to know any job openings in your company. I feel that, it’s sufficient knowledge for any of opening. Please contact me sir.

    Thanks & Regards

    Omesh H. Bopche

  14. THOMAS MUTHOOTU GEEVARGHESE on April 3rd, 2014 10:16 pm

    DEAR SIR

    MANY THANKS FOR YOUR PROMPT REPLY,

    I, STATES THAT, I AM PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN MUMBAI AT THE GIVEN ADDRESS

    THOMAS MUTHOOTU GEEVARGHESE
    A / 901 – JASPER, HIRANANDANI ESTATE
    OFF, PATLIPADA,, THANE WEST 400607

    MAHARASTRAA
    ****************************************************************************************************************************

    Note: Forwarded message attached

    – Original Message –

    We will forward your request to Nhai.

    Sreeni Pl take up.

    On 01-Apr-2014 10:08 pm, “THOMAS MUTHOOTU” wrote:
    From: THOMAS MUTHOOTU Subject: FREE PASS FOR TOLL PLAZA

    Message Body:
    I AM HAVING PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND HAS 100% OF PERMANENT PHYSICAL DISABLED
    WHETHER I AM ENTITLE TO GET AN ALL INDIA FREE TOLL PLAZA PASS ON PERMANENT BASIS

    AS I AM A HR CONSULTANT, I NEED TO TRAVEL BY ROAD

    YOUR REPLY HIGHLY APPRECIABLE
    YOURS FAITHFULLY

    THOMAS MUTHOOTU GEEVARGHESE
    9987584090/ 9820208801

    We will forward your request to Nhai.

    Sreeni Pl take up.

    On 01-Apr-2014 10:08 pm, “THOMAS MUTHOOTU” wrote:
    From: THOMAS MUTHOOTU Subject: FREE PASS FOR TOLL PLAZA

    Message Body:
    I AM HAVING PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND HAS 100% OF PERMANENT PHYSICAL DISABLED
    WHETHER I AM ENTITLE TO GET AN ALL INDIA FREE TOLL PLAZA PASS ON PERMANENT BASIS

    AS I AM A HR CONSULTANT, I NEED TO TRAVEL BY ROAD

    YOUR REPLY HIGHLY APPRECIABLE
    YOURS FAITHFULLY

    THOMAS MUTHOOTU GEEVARGHESE
    9987584090/ 9820208801

  15. RUCHIN on October 31st, 2014 3:15 pm

    Hello sir,

    Your system for automatic toll collection is not that much reliable as mine…
    but the main problem is the implementation of my system due to lack of money….
    if someone can sponsor us for the implementation of our system then i can guarantee you a much better and reliable system………

    Regards

    RUCHIN and team
    MGM,s CoET, NOIDA

  16. chhotu Singh on December 11th, 2014 10:49 pm

    For t.c job(6month ex.) Mo.no 8890357667

  17. D CH RAMBABU on December 18th, 2014 3:48 pm

    Respected Sir
    I am working in Toll Management System Company as an Sr.HR cume Admin i would like to know any job openings in your company i have now 4 year experience if any vacancies please feel free to contact.
    Thanks & Regards

    D CH RAMBABU
    9440389171,7680959096

  18. Col Pradeep Kumar on October 17th, 2016 6:25 pm

    EXEMPTION OF TOLL TO SERVING DEFENCE PERSONNEL

    1. I am serving in the Indian Army since Sep 1987 and am presently posted to Air Force Station, Bareilly since Sep 2015.

    2. I was returning to Bareilly from Haldwani on the Sunday, 04 Sep 2016 in my car Suzuki Swift Dzire bsIV bearing registration number UK 04 J 6555. At around 2200 hr at Dohna toll plaza (on the Bareilly – Bageshwar via Baheri highway) I aligned my car at one of the lanes. To the personnel manning the toll plaza, I identified myself and for verification of my identity showed my identity card bearing serial number 1153107.

    3. I was expecting to be exempt of the toll being a serving defence person/ soldier as per orders and instructions by the competent authority on the subject. However, I was told that this privilege is no more applicable and that I will have to pay the same as is being paid by other people. On requesting for a copy under which the said privilege is being denied, I was given a photocopy of a newspaper article published in Chandigarh Kesari on Thursday, 18 Aug 2016. (photocopy of the newspaper cutting is attached as an enclosure/ attachment.) On being politely told that a newspaper article cannot be an authority, I was handed over a copy of Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways office memorandum No H-24030/32/2014-(Toll) dated 17 Jun 2014 which is in essence, a verbatim copy of Section-3 of The Indian Tolls (Army and Air Force) Act, 1901 for clarification regarding National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and collection) Rules, 2008.(photocopy of the said MoRTH is attached as an enclosure/ attachment.)The clarification in para 2 of the said letter does not take into consideration the amendments to the said Act of 1901 and latest policy letters/ circulars by appropriate authorities on the subject.

    4. However, since no amount of requests would convince the staff of the Tolling Contractor at the Toll Plaza, a payment for Rs 80 (Eighty only) was made vide Txn No 107637061. (photocopy of the receipt for payment is attached as an enclosure/ attachment.) Own telephone number was then communicated to and left with the employees of the Toll Plaza for the convenience of the Plaza Manager who has not contacted till filing of this report/ letter/ complaint.

    5. In view of the above, it is kindly requested that the present position on exemption of toll to serving defence personnel be clarified with respective/ appropriate authority. A copy of the said authority may please be made available for my further necessary action. It would not be out of place to refer to the following as a guide:

    Before proceeding further, the provisions of MoRTH letter No NH-12037 /278 /2003 /PB /NH-1 dated 12 Nov 2003 are brought to your notice, the relevant extract of which is quoted below:

    “Ministry of Law and Justice have indicated that Indian Tolls (Army and Air Force) Act, 1901 is a statutory Act which overrides general acts such as National Highways Act, 1956 and private vehicles of the officers, soldiers and airmen of regular forces are paying toll irrespective of whether they are on duty or not”.

    The above correct legal position was also amplified vide MoRTH letter No NH-11065 /12 /2003-P&M dated 15 Sep 2014 to National Highways Authority of India vide paragraph 1 of which it was clearly stated that private vehicles of defence personnel shall be exempted. The subject line of the letter also shows that all categories of exemption under Section 3 of Indian Tolls (Army & Air Force) Act, 1901, would fall under the definition of ‘defence vehicles’ which is an exemption term usually used on National Highways.

    6. A bare perusal of Section 3 of the Act would show that the ‘On Duty’ provision is only applicable to personnel of the Territorial Army (TA) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and those of the Indian Reserve Forces under Sections 3(b) and 3(c) and not to personnel of the Regular Army under Section 3(a). In this context, your attention is invited to Section 3(a) of the Act which provides toll exemption to all officers, soldiers and airmen of the Regular Forces (without the requirement of being ‘On Duty ‘) whereas Section 3 (b) and 3 (c) provide toll exemption to TA and NCC personnel and those of the Indian Reserve Forces when on duty or proceeding to or returning from duty/ service/ training etc.

    7. It is also brought to your knowledge that provision of Toll exemption to ‘off duty’ and ‘on duty’ defence personnel was challenged before the Hon’ble Punjab & Haryana High Court in Civil Writ Petition No 8508 of 2006. The petition was however dismissed by a Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court which held that the Act itself provided for concessions to defence personnel. The order of the Hon’ble High Court in the Hon’ble Supreme Court by way of Special Leave Petition 15419 of 2006 and toll exemption to on ‘on duty’ and ‘off duty’ personnel of regular forces was affirmed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.

    8. Apparently, the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) issued a Circular stating that serving Military personnel would be eligible for toll exemption in their private vehicles. Needless to state, this circular issued by the MoRTH) is in contravention to the provisions of the Indian Tolls (Army & Air Force) Act, 1901, and against clarification issued by the same ministry in the year 2003 as a consequence of a case filed wherein the following was ordained by the said Ministry in consultation with the Ministry of Law & Justice:

    “The matter was referred to Ministry of Law. Ministry of Law and Justice have indicated that Indian Tolls (Army and Air Force) Act, 1901 is a statutory Act which overrides general acts such as National Highways Act, 1956 and private vehicles of the officers, soldiers and airmen of regular forces are paying toll irrespective of whether they are on duty or not”.

    9. The matter was reported on email to UP State Highways Authority (UPSHA), Lucknow and PNC Infratech Ltd, Agra (and/ or New Delhi) on 06 Sep 2016 and telephonically to an official (probably Mr Tapan Kumar Jain, CS) on 09 Sep 2016 at 1710 hrs. Mr Tapan had assured me of ‘getting back very soon’. Unfortunately till date, no official of UPSHA or PNC Infratech Ltd has found time to contact me and speak to me or given an assurance that such harassment and humiliation of serving defence personnel at toll booths would not be repeated. An attempt was made to personally liaise with the Senior Manager (Toll) at Dohna, Mr Jagat Singh who has refused to make any statement or assurance on behalf of PNC Infratech Ltd, Agra (and/ or New Delhi).

    10. Later, a copy of the mails sent to UP State Highways Authority (UPSHA), Lucknow and PNC Infratech Ltd, Agra (and/ or New Delhi) was sent to Mr Jagat Singh, Senior Manager (Toll) on 15 Sep 2016. He has expressed regrets on the incident by return e-mail. (I would rather term this lukewarm response after eleven days and that too after my forwarding of mails to his higher officials as ‘too little- too late’ which is nothing more than a damage control exercise.)

    11. Sadly and unfortunately, no officials of UP State Highways Authority (UPSHA), Lucknow and PNC Infratech Ltd, Agra (and/ or New Delhi) have bothered to either reply to the e-mails or contact me telephonically for expressing regret and assuring that such incidents of harassment and humiliation and will not take place in the near future.

    12. However, a mail from Singhal Udeep K, GM (Tech) of NHAI, Delhi in a separate query quotes Gazette of India Extraordinary No 656 dated 03 Dec 2010 as an authority to extend exemption of toll to serving defence personnel only when they are ‘on duty’. (copy of gazette notification attached please.)

    13. I plan to take this matter to my higher authorities who would then use the forum of CMLC (civil military liaison conference) to arrive at a amicable solution as per the existing law on the subject. A suit in the Consumer Forum is also on the cards, subject to availability of sound legal advice as also a letter to Hon’ble Minister for Surface Transport and Highways, Mr Nitin Gadkari. It is being assumed that ‘Public Interest Litigation’ in this regard has already been filed.

    14. I most humbly appeal to all social activists, lawyers, newspaper correspondents, veterans organizations, organisations providing free legal aid and other stake holders to help me as they deem fit to take the issue to its logical conclusion.

    15. I can be contacted on paddy45996@gmail.com and 8090732844.

    (Pradeep Kumar)
    Attachments : as stated above Col

  19. Col Pradeep Kumar on October 17th, 2016 6:36 pm

    PS :

    the said incident has been reported in Dainik Jagran (Hindi), bareilly edition dated 16 Sep 2016 and Amar Ujala (Hindi), Nainital edition dated 19 Sep 2016.

    the newspaper cuttings have been forwarded to Mr Navneet Sehgal, IAS, the Chief Executive Officer of Uttar Pradesh State Highways Authority (UPSHA) on 16 and 19 Sep 2016 respectively on his mobile number 9415105000 by means of Whatsapp. (It is confirmed that the message has been delievered to him and that he has seen them.) However, regret to say that till date no message/ telephone call from him or his representative has been recieved.

  20. Sachet Agarwal on December 1st, 2016 6:05 pm

    Hi Team,

    I am student at one of the top B schools and working on assignment for cases similar to DND flyover. Do you know of any such case where the concession was rebuked way before the contracted period. Any details around this area will be highly appreciated

    Kind Regards,
    Sachet

  21. Mehulkumar Patel on December 15th, 2016 12:03 pm

    Hello! Many times, i faced heavy traffic at toll plaza on NH-8, specially at Karjan toll plaza due to toll collection. I want to know, is there any guideline or rule to control the traffic?

    Regards,
    Mehulkumar Patel

  22. Raju on March 16th, 2017 12:25 pm

    Dear-sir
    my name is Raju khan .i am graduate.currently working in Dndfly(Delhi to Noida) ITMSL Toll management service private limited. join 20 dec 2013 as a Toll collector.i applied for the post -L.A /TOLL COLLECTOR.
    I Want to join your company. thanks
    8510066586
    rajukhans999@gmail.com

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