Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has completely ruled out any exclusion from toll collection at the national highways. In fact, all the individuals making use of national highways must pay if they want good services.
Adding to that, the minister even remarked that toll collection can never be omitted, as funds are adequately required and must be raised for the proper construction of roads under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. “The toll (collection) will never go. The toll will be there. All those who are looking for good services, have to pay for it,” Gadkari said at the recent function of the PTI employees unions here last night.
Although, he expressed a serious concern over the increasing occurrences of road accidents. He even said that the ministry is constantly working towards inducing right and modern technology that could well ensure safety of highway users traveling on the highways. Unfortunately, nearly about 1.46 lakh people had lost their lives in 4.60 lakh road accidents across the country in 2017.