Roadways

Policy on anvil to pay only for highway stretch used

DELHI: Travellers may soon pay only for the stretch of national highway they use instead of a general toll fee and the government is working on an intelligent transport management system for that, Road Transport and Highways Secretary Yudhvir Singh Malik said today.

“Instead of keeping a close toll policy, let us get in place an opening tolling policy through intelligent transport management system so that you the pay the toll only for the stretch of the road that you use,” he said, reports PTI.

“We are soon coming out with the policy and within a year or so we should be able to put that in place,” he said at an event organised here by industry chamber PHDCCI.

Many countries like US, Australia have been doing trials on the distance-based electronic tolling.

Malik also said a roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry has been planned for Surat “to other side of Gujarat”, which will save about 600-700 km, he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rs 615 crore Ro-Ro ferry service last week connecting Ghogha in Saurashtra s Bhavnagar district with Dahej in Bharuch district across the Gulf of Khambhat, also known as the Gulf of Cambay, along the Arabian sea coast in Gujarat.

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