The state government is mulling to reduce burden on common man by reducing charges at Chandimandir toll plaza on Panchkula-Shimla highway as it is the one of the 10 toll points of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in Haryana.
In this regard, a meeting between a re presentative of Chandimandir toll plaza and principal secretary of public works (building and roads), Sanjeev Kaushal, took place at Panchkula on Monday.
While stating that the state government has already decided in a cabinet meeting to have such a policy, Kaushal discussed various issues concerning rates being charged at toll plazas with the officers so as to give relief to users of different categories including cars, jeeps, maxi-cabs and light commercial vehicles. The matter to issue monthly passes to commuters in a radius of 30 kilometers was also discussed. Kaushal added that with a view to explore the possibility of reduction in toll charges at different places in the state, suggestions would be invited from the district administration concerned by conducting meetings. Similar meetings would be held at Panipat and Karnal on June 3 and at Rohtak, Jhajjar, Rewari, Gurgaon and Palwal on June 4, he added.
When asked if the gover nment is considering only exemption to vehicles having Haryana registration numbers, Kaushal replied, “My job, at this stage, is to suggest viable options. The final decision will be taken by council of ministers.”
He added, “One of the suggestions discussed in the meeting today is about those people who live closer to the toll points as they cross it several times. We ascertained the number of vehicles whose owners live up to 10 km, 20 km and 30 km of the toll point (Chandimandir).” Kaushal clarified that, at toll points maintained by state, vehicles like cars and jeep are anyway exempted and demand is of decreasing toll on those roads which are maintained by the NHAI.