MPs, MLAs exempted from paying toll on NHs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 21:39
  
New Delhi: An empowered group of ministers (EGoM) Tuesday approved exempting MPs and MLAs from paying toll on national highways.

The EGoM also decided that toll on a two-lane highway can levied only if an investment of Rs 2.5 crore per km has been made on its upgrade, Road Transport Minister Kamal Nath said. The current investment level for levying toll on a two-lane highway is Rs 1 crore per km on its improvement.

The toll on a two-lane highway will be 60 per cent of that on four-lane road.

On exemption to people's representatives, the Road Transport Ministry had recommended that these "categories would be a catalyst in building up resistance to tolling. Peaceful tolling is crucial to encouraging private sector investment in road infrastructure."

"The withdrawal to this category is nearly revenue neutral to the government as the government will have to meet the expenditure of toll payable by the government vehicles," the ministry had said.

The ministry had also received complaints from the public that the toll applicable on highways was high, besides the high user fee for bypasses had deterred commuters from using it resulting in crippled usage of infrastructure created at a huge cost.

"The EGoM decided levy of toll on section of national highways having two lanes and on which the average investment for upgrade has exceeded Rs 2.5 crore per km, at rates 60 per cent of the rates applicable for four laning projects," a Road Transport Ministry official said.

The ministers’ panel also approved rationalization of toll on bypasses across the country, which will be 1.5 times of highways, the official said.

Considering the second set of recommendations submitted by Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi on national highway development, the EGoM approved a bucket-based approach to resolve disputes in the sector.

Bucket-based approach suggests dispute redressal mechanism for three sizes -- disputes involving claims up to Rs 10 crore, between Rs 10 and 100 crore and those above Rs 100 crore. For cases where the amount involved is over Rs 100 crore, the authority may take legal recourse.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 21:39


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