File image of Raha toll gate

The Centre has ordered opening of toll plazas at seven places in Assam.

Assam transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said this in the Assembly on Wednesday.

While the toll plaza at Dahalapara in Bongaigaon reopened on January 30, toll collection at the Raha (Nagaon) and Patgaon (Kokrajhar) plazas began on March 1 and February 17 respectively, he said.

Two more plazas – Nazirakhat (Kamrup) and Madanpur (Kamrup Metro) – are likely to be functional from March 25, while the one at Mikirati Hawgaon (Hojai) will be opened on March 18 and the one at Manderdisa (Dima Hasao) on March 31.

Patowary said this while responding to a question by AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam on issue of toll gates during the zero hour.

The minister said the toll plazas are under the purview of the Union ministry of road transport and highways, and the state government cannot take any decision on the matter.

He said the CAG, in its 2017-18 report had underlined that non-functioning of the toll plazas were leading to loss of revenue of the government.

“The Central government had also made it clear that if toll tax is not collected, it would not release fund for repair of the damaged stretches in those highways,” Patowary said.

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