Toll resumes in NH, NHAI gets work permits for many projects

NEW DELHI: Toll collection on most NH stretches was close to 20% on Monday. While most of the toll plazas operating without a problem was a sigh of relief for NHAI The second good news was that the district administrations gave their approval to carry out building in almost 40% of ongoing projects.

Sources said the details were shared by most of the regional officers during a web-based interaction with NHAI chairman, S S Sandhu on Monday. “There was hardly any obstruction to resumption of tolling on the NH network. Some of the regional officers said building jobs They have started and these will increase rapidly as the availability of workers increases, an official said.

Some of the toll operators told TOI that more than 60% of the user fee was collected through FASTag . Almost all the vehicles on NHs were trucks and goods vehicles . We have appealed to the drivers to adopt digital payment for their safety and of our staff as well,” said one of them.

I've added since the traffic flow is very less, now they are managing the toll plazas with less manpower.

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The NHAI is staring at nearly Rs 2,000 crore claims from toll operators. Moreover, contractors engaged in the ongoing jobs will also raise claims for idling of their men and machineriy during the complete lockdown period.

"Our priority is to jumpstart building . WE will deal with the claims when we get them. Any more delay in resuming work will have cascading impact on economy and jobs. The chairman has directed all officers to ensure that the all safety norms are fully adhered to at all workplaces," said an NHAI official.