The Indian Tolls Act, 1851

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The act is known as “The Indian Tolls Act, 1851”, and was enacted on 4th day of July, 1851. Act was so enacted that government are authorise to impose tolls on such roads and certain bridges. The act extends to those boundaries which are governed on 4th of July, 1851 by Governor and Presidency Fort William of Bengal region and Governor of presidency of Fort St. George in council.

State Government may appoint some collector which will levy with responsibility of collecting and managing that amount or sum which will be collected from such people who are appointed to collect money from those people who use that public roads and bridge on which government has decided certain rate on such bridge and road from where it should be collected.

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If any toll which is unpaid as and when asked for paying so and if such is not paid within twenty-four hours then such issue should be taken to such person who is appointed as officer to superintendent then he may discharge such amount by selling such property and collect money from that sell and rest remaining money should be given to that owner who hold such property. Person like police officer who are on duty, that person who hold that property, are immune from paying toll for such navigable but no other then them are immune from paying toll for any navigable. Police officers are directed by act to assist toll collectors in collection of tolls as and when required to do so by this act.

Person who is authorized as toll collector and person other then them collects amount or toll more then fixed rate, or on such road or bridge where there is no toll levied, even if in between road or bazaar collect the money as toll money in simple words if there is extortion then such person brought in front of magistrate and is punished with imprisonment as per six calendar month and fine up to two hundred rupees. Toll boots are setup and such road where toll has to be collected and should be in written on gate of such tool boot place in English contain words and figures and in vernacular language of that district and anyone refuse to do so and if take illegal toll then penalty statement is prepared for them.

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 by Samata. H. Joshi.