Ruling out any toll tax waivers at national highways, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said that if people want good services they will have to pay for that. Gadkari agreed to the opinion that toll collection should stop but asserted that he cannot promise waiver from the tax on national highways at this juncture.
Toll collection is common across the world as good roads help motorists save both fuel and time, the minister argued during an interview session with noted Marathi poet Ramdas Phutane during an event on Monday. Asked about toll tax being collected on national highways, the minister said, “Good roads save on fuel and time and give life a security. If you want good services, you will have to pay for it.”
He said there was a time when it used to take nine hours to travel from Pune to Mumbai and commuters had to face traffic snarls, but now the same distance is covered in two hours. “Toll collection is common across the world, but I agree that it has to be stopped. But at this juncture, I cannot promise exemption from toll collection,” he said. Read More…
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