Bengal To Launch Toll Policy For Highways
The West Bengal Cabinet on December 19 decided to come up with a toll policy for the highways under its control in a bid to increase its revenue. West Bengal has around 4,000 kilometre (km) of state highways, but, toll is levied only on national highways and some state-run bridges.
"The tax policy will be decided by the Public Works Department on the basis of the road," state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee told reporters after the Cabinet meeting held at the secretariat in Kolkata.
The West Bengal State Highway Development Corporation had already prepared a policy in this connection, sources in the government said. Once the policy is implemented, the State Highway Development Corporation would be able to set up toll plazas in a public-private partnership.
The minister said that the Cabinet also sanctioned Rs 34 crore for the renovation of seven ghats in the northern part of the city and Belur in the Howrah district. The Cabinet also gave its nod for the creation of five investigation centres meant for the prevention of crimes against women in the state.
With inputs from Housing News