Indian Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that after three months no toll booth on the highways will levy tax within 60 km of one another.
"Toll collection points that fall within 60 km of another toll booth will be closed in the next 3 months," Gadkari said in Lok Sabha, the Parliament's lower chamber while responding to the Opposition's concerns related to the budgetary allocation for road transport and highways, money control reported.
Gadkari also told the House that the Delhi-Amritsar section of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway will be completed by end of 2022, thereby bringing down the commutation time between the two cities to four hours.
The minister further claimed that the distance between Srinagar and Mumbai will be slashed to 20 hours following the completion of the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway.
In Jammu & Kashmir alone, projects worth INR 7,000 crores are underway, the minister said. "About 1,000 people are working inside the Zojila tunnel at -8 degrees celsius," he added.
A day earlier, Gadkari received praise from unexpected quarters in the Lok Sabha, as some Opposition MPs lauded the work undertaken by his ministry.