SHC Dismisses Plea For Postponing Implementation On Reduced Toll Tax

SHC dismisses plea for postponing implementation on reduced toll tax

HYDERABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 25th Jan, 2017 ) : The Sindh High Court has dismissed here Wednesday an application submitted by the company which built and now operates 67-kilometer Hyderabad-Mirpurkhas road for postponing implementation on an earlier SHC order. According to the details, Advocate Jhamat Jethanand representing Deokjae Construction Company and Additional Advocate General Sindh Allah Bachayo Soomro filed the plea with regard to an order dated January 17.

The order reserved in December, 2016, by the former bench of justice Salahuddin Panhwar and justice Muhammad Iqbal Mahar, was announced in the open court on Jan 17. The judgment ordered the company to reduce the rate of toll tax to what was approved in 2009 and to waive the residents who lived in areas within 5 kilo meter proximity of the entry points of the road. It had further asked the company to charge only Rs.10 toll tax from residents of Tandojam town while directing the company to implement the order in 7 days starting from Jan 17.

However, during the hearing advocates Jethanand and Soomro pleaded that it was not possible for the company to notify the new rates in a week's time. They added that the company also wanted to file a review petition in the supreme court for which they required at least one month time for implementation of the order instead of a week. During the hearing advocate Ayatullah Khuwaja, who represented the petitioners, opposed any delay in implementation of the order. He also pointed out to the court that the company had failed to ensure compliance with the order which had given only a week for implementation. After hearing the two sides, Hyderabad circuit bench dismissed the plea.