Deccan Chronicle reports, India’s transport ministry is likely to approve a toll rate increase requested in a report submitted by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). “According to sources, NHAI revised the price by up to 15 per cent of the existing prices.” If the report obtains final approval next week, the increase would take effect on April 1.
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The Times of India reports, India’s Communist Party (CPM) issued a statement objecting to the increase due to inflation’s impact on the country’s poor and middle class citizens.
Another protest to the increase came from the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. According to The Hindu, he claimed toll roads in the state are not properly maintained, and the national government has failed to implement a standard requiring toll points to be at least 60 kilometers apart from each other.