New Delhi, IANS. Lockdown 2.0 will begin toll collection on National Highways from April 20. The central government has allowed the National Highways Authorities of India to start collecting tolls on national highways from April 20.
Explain that it was planned to resume the toll recovery work from April 15, a day after the first phase of the lockdown ended. However, the lockdown by the Center was later extended till 3 May. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Home Affairs has given an exemption to restart several essential industries from 20 April.
In a letter to the National Highways Authorities of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that it is further stated that toll duty collection contributes to the government exchequer and also provides financial strength to NHAI for budgetary support. NHAI should take necessary action to comply with the orders in view of the relaxation provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs for the movement of all trucks and other goods or carrier vehicles to interstate and outlying states. In view of this, recovery of the toll will be resumed from April 20, 2020.
Meanwhile, the All India Motor Transport Congress has asked the central government to reconsider the decision to introduce toll collection (toll recovery). All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) President Kultaran Singh Atwal In a stern comment, the government should reconsider its decision before putting any financial burden on the sector, which is already locked under the economy Has fallen due to down.
In view of limited traffic on highways and exposure to toll workers due to Corona lockdown across the country, the central government closed the toll booths on National Highways (NH) from 12 pm on 25 April. Under this, the Fastag system was also disabled during this period.