For Good service, Toll system cannot be ended: Nitin Gadkari

The toll system cannot be ended and the people will have to pay if they want good services as the government does not have enough funds, Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.
“The toll system can never end, though rates may vary from time to time. Toll is my brainchild. If you want good services, you have to pay for it. The government does not have money,” said Gadkari while replying to the debate in the Lower House on demands of grants for the ministry for 2019-20.
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday approved the demands of grants for the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry for 2019-20. The House passed the demands for grants by a voice vote.
The minister said that those who can pay toll tax should pay it and the money is utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas.Gadkari, who spoke for nearly one-and-a-half hours, said that over 1.5 lakh people lose their lives every year in road accidents, noting that the number was far higher than the people killed in terror attacks.
He said that Bharat Stage-VI pollution norms will be introduced by April 2020, while electric and bio-fuel run vehicles will soon be on roads. The minister said that the promotion of ethanol as fuel will help farmers.
Noting that it is easiest in the world to obtain a driving license in India as there is not enough scrutiny, Gadkari said that he will help the MPs in establishing driving training centres in their respective constituencies.
“We have a shortage of 25 lakh drivers. New driving centres should be started, especially in economically backward regions,” he added.

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