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Government collected over Rs 4500 crore revenue from 348 toll plazas in FY16

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New Delhi: The government has generated more than Rs 4,595 crore as revenue from 348 toll plazas across the country till November 15 of the current fiscal, Parliament was informed on Monday.

Fee is levied and collected on small stretches of national highways (NHs), Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways P Radhakrishnan said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

The Minister also informed the House that toll could not be collected at three plazas in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala due to public resistance.

As per the data presented by Radhakrishnan in the House, the government collected Rs 4,595.20 crore as revenue through toll plazas till November 15, 2015.

In the previous financial year, ended March 2015, revenue collection stood at Rs 5,926.33 crore, whereas in 2013-14, it was Rs 5,245.54 crore, the data showed. The government has set up tolls at 348 stretches across the country, as of November 30, 2015, to collect fees.

In a separate query on status of the six-laning of the Gurgaon-Jaipur national highway, he said the construction has already started with effect from April 4, 2009.

It is likely to be completed by June 30, 2016 as per supplementary agreement, Radhakrishnan added.

The scheduled completion date of the project was October 2, 2011 and as on date, the physical progress is about 91%.

On reasons behind the delay, the Minister said there was lag in land acquisition due to postponement is disbursement of land compensation.

Other reasons behind the delay include removal/re-location of government and religious structures, handling of forest and irrigation land by Haryana and slow financial progress of work by the concessionaire due to financial crunch, he added.

PTI