An Act to provide for the constitution of an Authority for the development, maintenance and management of national highways and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
1.Short title, extent and commencement
- This Act may be called the National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988.
- It extends to the whole of India.
- It shall come into force on such date’ as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.
2.Definitions In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,
- Authority means the National Highways Authority of India constituted under section 3;
- Chairman means the Chairman of the Authority;
- employee means a person in the full-time service of the Authority.
- member means a member of the Authority appointed under section 3 and includes the Chairman;
- national highway means any highway for the time being declared as a national highway under section 2 of the National Highways Act, 1956 (48 of 1956);
- prescribed means prescribed by rules made under this Act;
- regulations means regulations made by the Authority under this Act;
- words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the National Highways Act, 1956 (48 of 1956) shall have the meanings assigned to them in that Act
(THE NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA)
3.Constitution of the Authority
- With effect from such date2 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint in this behalf, there shall be constituted for the purposes of this Act an Authority to be called the National Highways Authority of India.
- The Authority shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid having perpetual succession and a common seal, with power, subject to the provisions of this Act, to acquire, hold and dispose of property, both movable and immovable, and to contract and shall by the said name sue and be sued.
- The Authority shall consist of
- a Chairman
- not more than five full-time members
- not more than four part-time members, to be appointed by the Central Government by notification in the Official Gazette
4.Disqualifications for appointment as member
- has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offence which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude
- is an undischarged insolvent
- is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court
- has been removed or dismissed from the service of the Government or a Corporation owned or controlled by the Government
- has, in the opinion of the Central Government, such financial or other interest in the Authority as is likely to affect prejudicially the discharge by him of his functions as a member.