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Karnataka: NHAI’s help sought to clear illegal toll booths

CC Patil,
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Bengaluru: The State Government has decided to approach the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to get the illegal short-distance tolls placed across the State removed. Such tolls will be identified, according to PWD Minister C. C. Patil, and a report would be provided to the NHAI.

During Zero Hour, Congress MLA U. T. Khader brought up the issue of tolls near Surathkal in the Dakshina Kannada District. He said that tolls were less than 30 kilometres apart, even though the NHAI guidelines State that tolls should be at least 60 kilometres apart.

In response to Khader, the minister said that two builders, Navayuga and NMPRCL, are In-Charge of Surathkal’s two tolls and admitted that the tolls are just 60 kms apart. “We’ve already written to the NHAI asking for cancellation and they have agreed,” he said.

Khader said that the State has 19 illegal tolls. “Union Minister Nitin Gadkari promised that the tolls would be removed in March 2022. Nothing has been done for six months,” he said.

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