Pune: Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday ruled out the possibility of toll-free roads. He said, “You have to pay for a better service. We never said we would make toll-free roads.”
Gadkari was speaking during a press meet organised by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) to mark the completion of four years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre. He spoke on the BJP government’s achievements.
The Union minister explained with the help of a PowerPoint presentation what the BJP government did in the past four years. He provided details on various schemes of the Central government related to agriculture, education, sanitation, roads and other sectors.
When asked about the increasing toll on roads, he said, “Without money, there is no development and we have to pay for better services. Roadworks need money, which will come from toll. There will be no toll-free roads.”
When asked to comment on high petrol prices, he said, “I know people are facing problems due to high petrol prices. We are trying to lower the rates of petrol. Following the removal of subsidy on fuel, petrol prices are now directly related to international crude oil price. We have given a choice to the state governments to include fuel in Goods and Services Tax (GST).
If they (states) request the Union government to include fuel in GST, fuel prices will reduce by seven to eight rupees per litre.”
Gadkari admitted that his party members have still not come out of the opposition party mentality.
He said, “They are still stuck in the old opposition party days of agitations and the Emergency days. They are in nostalgia. So, we have to take efforts to reach out to people with our achievements.”