Toll plazas suffering loss of ₹1.8 crore per day due to farmers' protests

Tens of thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws for months. Farmers from states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar pradesh have blocked roads and set up makeshift camps. Due to these protest, some of the fee plazas are non-operational, thereby the NHAI is unable to collect user fee from the road users.

According to the report, Toll tax collection across Haryana, Punjab and Delhi NCR region has been suspended since December due to the ongoing farmers' protests. Due to this, the public-funded toll plazas at highways are facing an estimated loss of around ₹1.8 crore per day, the Centre informed Parliament on Thursday. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, said, "Due to farmers’ protest, some of the fee plazas are non-operational, thereby the NHAI is unable to collect user fee from the road users. In case of public-funded fee plazas, an estimated remittance loss is approximately ₹1.8 crore per day."

According to credit rating agency ICRA, the farmers demonstration has already accounted to nearly ₹600 crore loss in toll collections in the region of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi-NCR. Nearly  52 toll plazas [includes both public funded and BOT (built, operate and transfer)] for national highways (NHs) operated in Haryana, Punjab and Delhi-NCR have been affected due to farmers’ protest as per  ICRA Ratings report issued in January 2021.

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