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Govt may come out with new toll policy

June 16, 2019 05:47 AM


Anisha Dutta ■
Govt may come out with new toll policy
NEW DELHI: The Centre may soon come out with a national policy aimed at revising the existing toll rates for national highways and reclassifying vehicle types, according to officials with knowledge of the matter who said the charges for private cars may be increased.

The ministry of road transport and highways has hired consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to prepare a draft policy in collaboration with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to revamp the toll system, which was last revised in 2008.

“We are in the process of finalising the draft which is being steered by NHAI. The thing is that toll rates for passenger vehicles are very low in India in comparison with the rest of the world but the rates for transport goods vehicles remain very high. BCG has suggested we need to rationalise the rates and reduce them for goods vehicles and increase

passenger car fares,” one of the ministry officials cited above said on the condition of anonymity.

The ministry headed by Nitin Gadkari may also seek the approval from the Union Cabinet to notify the policy, according to the official.

“It also becomes a political call whether the Centre wants to upset car users to look at the overall economy. When the final draft from BCG comes after being

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