TOLL PLAZA RUSH DUE TO COIN PROBLEM
Subhash Chandra Agrawal | 02 Apr 2011
New highways and flyovers are constructed for hassle-free fast movement of traffic. Authorities should fix toll-tariffs in a manner that requirement of coins of small denominations may not be there at all. Increasing toll-tariff at Gurgaon toll-plaza marginally by rupee one to rupees 21 now has defeated the very cause of fast movement of traffic. Increase has also caused problems not only to commuters but even to toll-authorities now requiring extra staff and trolleys required to handle coins.
Only practical remedy is to revert back to old tariff of rupees twenty. If necessary, agreements between National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and private contractor can be accordingly modified. Another option to meet revised tax-rate is of reverse-calculation of tax on net toll received rather than levying it on some pre-fixed pre-tax toll-tariff.
Same should be the system on all toll-plazas across the country. On connecting highways to Jaipur and Agra from Delhi, similar irrational toll-tariff exists even presently.