Karnataka: Govt to introduce toll on 10 highways | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The government plans to introduce a toll on 10 major state highways amid a public outcry over high fuel prices. The move is expected to help Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL), which upgraded these highways, earn Rs 43 crore annually.
KRDCL has invited bids from firms interested in setting up toll booths. “It will take two months to complete the process, and toll collection is likely to start by June,” said KRDCL superintendent engineer C Ravindranath.
The 10 stretches have been developed under the Karnataka State Highway Improvement Project. In all, KRDCL has developed 26 highways and tolls are already being collected on 16. “The 10 stretches are the last ones to be brought under the toll net,” Ravindranath said.
The Siddaramaiah government took the decision to levy a user fee on roads improved by KRDCL to help the state-run entity maintain infrastructure. “The government is fleecing people in the name of providing good roads, that too at a time when they are in financial distress,” alleged Munavar, a taxi owner. Ravindranath said toll collection was the only way KRDCL could generate funds to repay loans taken for building roads.

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