New Delhi: The government on May 26 said that toll collection on national highways will jump five-fold to Rs. 10,000 crore (Rs. 100 billion) in next four years, but leakage is still a concern, for which new policy measures will be put in place.
Toll collection is a key instrument for the government to attract private investment, Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath told PTI.
“Our estimated toll collection will be close to Rs. 10,000 crore per year by the fifth year of UPA-II,” he said, adding this was based on bringing an estimated 35,000 km of roads under the operate, maintain and toll system for private investors, he said.
“NHAI collected Rs. 1,936 crore (Rs. 19.36 billion) as toll in 2009-10, while the collection in the previous fiscal stood at Rs. 1,600 crore (Rs. 16 billion),” a senior Road Ministry official said.
India has over 70,000 km of highways and proposes to significantly enhance the network by constructing 20 km of roads every day in the next five years.