State highways in Rajasthan are now toll-free
In the last budget, chief minister Raje had announced that private vehicles wouldn’t be charged any toll. The announcement is being implemented from midnight on March 31
Jaipur: Commuters won’t have to pay any toll on state highways in Rajasthan from midnight on March 31. The budget announcement made by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje is now being implemented. Public Works Department (PWD) minister Yunus Khan on Friday gave his nod to the proposal and approved it on Thursday.
In the last budget, chief minister Raje had announced that private vehicles wouldn’t be charged any toll. Initially, the announcement created a lot of confusion as people thought that it had been implemented with immediate effect. Many incidents of spats between toll employees and commuters were reported throughout the state. The PWD and finance department had to clarify that the announcement would come into effect from April 1, the new financial year.
“The state highways in Rajasthan will be toll free from midnight on March 31. All the roads built by RSRDC, private contractors and PWD will now be toll free,” said a senior PWD officer.
The announcement has come as big relief for lakhs of commuters who travel on state highways every day. Many of these state highways were near villages, forcing their resident to pay toll even if they travelled a few kilometers.