Even though the National Highway Authority of India officials offered to exempt two and three wheelers from paying toll in Goa for plying on the widened highway, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said they had demanded that even four wheelers registered in Goa should be exempted.
These discussions took place at the meeting of the sub-committee constituted by the House Committee on the National highway, which was chaired by the Chief Minister wherein the NHAI officials made their offer.
Digambar Kamat said the exemption of toll for four wheelers would also include light motor vehicle taxis. However, he remained silent on whether buses would also be included.
It may be recalled that the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party along with the National Highway Diversion Action Committee has been demanding that there should be no toll at all for Goans arguing that the toll recommended is too high.
And even though PWD Minister Churchill Alemao said that monthly passes of Rs 120 were recommended, the Chief Minister pointed out that if the exemption was granted then there was no question of any monthly passes.
Digambar Kamat said that the committee’s recommendations would be presented to Speaker Pratapsing Rane following which an all party delegation from Goa would call upon the Union Minister for Road Transport Kamal Nath to press for their demands.
He also assured that the re-alignment for NH 17 will be ready in the next couple of days.