PUNJAB government gives nod to amend toll policy: Dhillon

Author(s): City Air NewsSharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab. Ludhiana, June 6, 2013: In a bid to rationalise the toll rates across the state, The Punjab Government has given nod for the amendment in the existing toll policy....

PUNJAB government gives nod to amend toll policy: Dhillon
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Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab.

Ludhiana, June 6, 2013: In a bid to rationalise the toll rates across the state, The Punjab Government has given nod for the amendment in the existing toll policy. This initiative would deescalate the burden of the masses commuting through roads.

Disclosing this here today, Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, PWD Minister, Punjab said that as the proposed amendment, the toll rates would be curtailed to the minimum limit of Rs. 15 from the existing rates of Rs. 31. He said that the toll rates for the Flyovers and under bridges would be fixed considering the cost of the structures instead of the length of the bridges. He said that this endeavour would bring down the toll rates to a substantial amount.

The Minster further said that as per the existing policy a pass is issued to the commuter for 12 hour whereas in the new policy the pass would be issued for 24 hours and 25 percent discount would be permissible instead of 20 percent, which is current rate of discount. He said that monthly pass would be valid for 30 days from the date of the issuance. He said that now only 40 percent of the W.T.I (whole rate tax index) would be considered for the enhancement of toll rates, and only 3 percent would be added in the annual hike in toll rate which was earlier 10 percent.

Dhillon said that the SAD- BJP combine is committed for the overall development of the state. He said that the state government, in the annual budget of 2013-14, has earmarked Rs. 4200 crore to improve the Road connectivity and infrastructure across the province, out of which Rs. 1700 crore would be invested for repair work, Rs. 600 crore for the up gradation of the 1092 km long Rural roads, Rs. 200 crore for re carpeting of 350 km long stretch of road and Rs. 270 crore has been kept aside for up gradation of 15 bridges and roads.

Date: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013