Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday directed the officials of the public works (building and roads) department (PWD) to frame a policy to provide relief to people in the rates of toll plaza in the state.
Presiding over a meeting with the PWD and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials held here to deliberate on the issue of providing relaxation in the toll rates, he also directed the officials to discontinue charging the increased rates at toll plaza till the time the policy was framed for giving relaxation in the toll rates.
Hooda said that at present, the rates at toll plazas in the state were high and needed to be reduced to make it affordable for the people. He said that besides relaxing the rates for all the people crossing it, further relaxation in the toll rates would be given to those residing in the nearby areas of toll plazas, he added.
Hooda said that the state government was ready to bear the loss which would be caused and accordingly compensate NHAI for relaxing the toll rates to the people. For this, he asked the officers of NHAI to calculate their financial loss and submit a detailed report to state government by next week.
Hooda said that the representatives of people living in nearby areas of toll plazas met him and apprised him that the rates were substantially on a higher side. Keeping it in view, Hooda directed the officials to frame a policy to provide relief to the people.
Member finance, NHAI, Satish Chandra said that state government was ready to bear the financial loss of NHAI caused by reduction in rate of toll and they had been asked to prepare a detailed report in this regard. Chandra said that NHAI had no objection if Haryana government provided relief in toll rates.