New Delhi, Aug 22: The Supreme Court on Monday took to task the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government for dragging its feet on the installation of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. The court told the Delhi government to be progressive and forward thinking rather being obstructionist.
When asked why the project had not taken off, the government submitted that the transport department wanted to rethink about RFID. Although it had agreed at a meeting, it had later said that it wanted to rethink on the same, the government also told the Supreme Court.
The court then pulled up the government for dragging its feet on the issue and asked if it was advised by the toll contractors to rethink on RFID. Further the court said that the green levy collected from the goods vehicles entering Delhi would be used for the installation of RFIDs at the 13 entry points.
A petition had sought directions to the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation to ensure commercial vehicles entering the city pay a sum of not less than Rs 600 (for LCV and 2-axle) and not less than Rs 1200 (for 3-axle and above).
The petitioner had also sought that all collection of toll for vehicles entering Delhi be switched to the Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) system of collection of toll on and from the 1st of December 2015.
The court had directed that the toll collectors would put in place RFID system at their own cost at nine main entry points in the city by November 30 and by January 31, 2016 at all the remaining 118 entry points to the city, failing which the contractors will be treated as being in breach of their obligation.