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Tamil Nadu Govt will fold up excessive Toll plazas in National highways in the state says PWD Minister

Tamil Nadu Public Works Minister EV Velu  said that steps would be taken to remove excess toll plazas of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in the State. The State has already taken steps to close the toll plazas at Chennasamudram, Vanagaram, Nemili, Paranur, and Surapattu.

TN should have only 16 toll plazas not 48

Replying to a special mention during the zero hour, the minister said: “Kerala had many toll plazas in the past. Now, however, only three are functioning. Tamil Nadu should have only 16 toll plazas, instead of the current 48, considering the length of roads laid by the NHAI  in the State.”

Speaking on the issue, an opposition member said that toll in 24 plazas were hiked on April 1 and that in 21 more were hiked recently. This decision has affected the people. “The NHAI can collect toll for laying roads for 15 years. After that, only 40 per cent of the toll should be collected for maintenance. But, most toll plazas in Tamil Nadu still collect the (full) toll even after 15 years,” he said.

NHAI is waging an economic war on the people of Tamil Nadu through the toll plazas

The Opposition Member referred to a report about the collection of toll for the four-lane road between Tambaram and Tindivanam, even after realising the amount spent to lay road. “NHAI is waging an economic war on the people of Tamil Nadu through the toll plazas. It is acting like a usury agent. Hence, the government should take steps to stop collection of toll in all plazas since the people have already been affected by Covid-19 related developments he said.

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