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Once it is approved, About last night.eagerly waiting for their opportunity with the ball,a total in excess of 500 could very well prove match-winning Catch the live scores and updates from Day 1 of the India vs Bangladesh one-off Test in Hyderabad Published: July 5 2014 12:02 am Economic costs associated with inefficient toll collection are even more worrying (Source: Express photo) Related News By: Rohit K Singh Imagine travelling on high-quality national highways without having to stop every 60 or 70 kilometres at the toll plaza without waiting in long often chaotic queues Some might ask but then how will our ambitious highway expansion plan be funded It sounds counter-intuitive but it might just be possible to do away with the toll plaza menace in its current form India has the world’s second largest road network with 48 million km of roads National highways comprise only about 98200 km or 2 per cent of this but carry 40 per cent of the total traffic Every year about 8000 km of national highway gets widened strengthened or newly constructed mostly through government-funded and public-private partnership modes of delivery While construction has its own challenges toll collection is increasingly witnessing conflicts vandalism law and order problems Incidents in Maharashtra Haryana and western UP are cases in point The horrifying CCTV grab of a toll collection agent being shot by an enraged motorist is still fresh in our memory User charges are collected to recover capital investment on highways and to fund their operation and maintenance It supplements infrastructure financing and reduces the pressure on the government’s budgetary allocations It facilitates the expansion of the national highway network crucial to fuelling inclusive economic growth Interactions with stakeholders reveal that road users are willing to pay toll if they are provided adequate service levels namely reasonable riding quality and safety However road users invariably complain about delays and harassment at toll plazas Economic costs associated with inefficient toll collection are even more worrying A study by IIM Calcutta and the Transport Corporation of India in 2012 concluded that “even though transit time had improved due to the new national highways repeated number of halts at toll booths have humongous costs… the cost of delay on account of the commercial traffic being held up at toll plazas is of the order of a whopping Rs 27000 crore per annum” Add to this the loss of individual economic productivity due to delays One solution to this mess is a quick rollout of the electronic toll collection (ETC) system across the 280-odd plazas currently operational across India However in addition to the costs and complexities stemming from a multiplicity of operators along various stretches and the prerequisite of a central clearing house for seamless integration across the terrain there are major enforcement issues For example how does one handle a vehicle with no electronic tag blocking a fast tag (ETC) lane — penalise with a higher toll or an offence under the Motor Vehicles Act In faraway places such situations might lead to conflicts What we need is a paradigm shift in the way we collect user charges for highways The total toll collected on national highways in 2013-14 is estimated to be around Rs 13000 crore This includes toll collected on BOT roads by PPP concessionaires and by the National Highways Authority of India on public-funded stretches and bridges A March 2014 Crisil study covering over 100 national highway projects estimates that commercial traffic accounts for over 75 per cent of total toll revenues However a suitable mechanism could be developed to collect the toll upfront from the truck unions or operators Reportedly the All India Motor Transport Congress may consider paying Rs 32000 and Rs 16000 annually for national permit and interstate vehicles respectively in lieu of toll Similarly Rs 15000 and Rs 7500 can be charged annually from light commercial vehicles vans and buses for national and interstate permits Also from new passenger vehicles like cars and SUVs a 1 per cent charge could be levied upfront on the purchase price as a lifetime toll fee Back of the envelope calculations reveal that such a charge is likely to result in gross revenues that match the current levels of toll collection Removal of the toll plazas is expected to result in large-scale economic benefits as well as reduced fuel consumption and consequently lower levels of pollution This is clearly a win-win proposition for both the government which will be ensured ease of collection and vehicle owners who will be assured hassle-free passage on national highways However an important issue would be the compensation mechanism for PPP BOT (toll) concessions already awarded There are about 200-odd projects currently operational across the country and an appropriate settlement formulation would have to be developed It is not rocket science There is empirical and projected traffic data available with the NHAI lenders and concessionaires A multi-stakeholder group comprising PPP operators lenders and financial institutions government and NHAI representatives independent accountants and even the representatives of the CAG and CVC and chaired by an eminent economist could be assigned the task of quickly coming up with such a formulation If PPP concessionaires insist on compensations based on actual traffic “shadow tolling” could be resorted to A robust third-party mechanism preferably automated for vehicle classification and counting will be needed for this Since freight volumes and the number of vehicles are growing faster than road length it is time to explore non-intrusive ways to collect user charges so that inefficiencies in the toll collection mechanism do not take an undue toll on our economy Collecting user charges upfront on a lump sum basis from commercial operators and passenger car owners is one option The writer is joint secretary to the government of India ministry of road transport and highways [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: August 28 2017 6:05 pm Harmanpreet will be awarded the Arjuna Award on Tuesday (Source: Express Archive) Top News Indian women’s cricket team’s mainstay Harmanpreet Kaur would be one of the 17 sports persons who will be receiving the Arjuna Award from the President of India on Tuesday and the right-handed cricketer expressed delight on receiving the honour “For a sportsperson any kind of recognition from the government is welcome and it boosts your confidence Getting Arjuna Award is a dream for any sportsperson” Harmanpreet told PTI on the sidelines of an event Thanking the government of India for giving her the prestigious award Kaur suggested that this would motivate her work harder and perform better “I thank the government for thinking that I am worthy of this award and I am very happy for this This will motivate me to work even better in future” she added Harmanpreet who scored a terrific ton in the semi-final of the women’s World Cup against Australia earlier this year said that she wants a women’s IPL to start in near future “We get the opportunity to play in other leagues like women’s Big Bash League (in Australia) Kia Super League (in England) If there is women’s IPL in India it will be very big I think the BCCI is mulling over on this issue I wish a women’s IPL starts in the near future” said Kaur Talking about the kind of reception the women’s team got after their World Cup campaign the Indian cricketer insisted that the response from the fans boosted team’s confidence “I am feeling good (to have got the adulation of the people) The people of India gave us a big reception and responded in a big way to our performance in the World Cup We feel proud that we have performed well for the country We hope to do even better in the times to come” she said and added “I hope the quantum of international matches will increase and the BCCI is having discussion on this and meetings are being held” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Sandeep A Ashar | Mumbai | Updated: February 9 2017 6:31 pm Related News With battlelines drawn between allies Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the politically crucial Mumbai municipality polls and elections for other local bodies in Maharashtra the Congress which is the principal Opposition party has got the jitters Party insiders confirmed that the party fears ceding media space to the warring allies in the build-up to the elections which might impact its poll campaign Watch What Else Is Making News: A senior party leader who wished not to be named felt there was a reason for the party to be wary In November 2015 the Shiv Sena and the BJP had similarly waged a poll battle against each other in the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) polls Their high-voltage campaign had virtually knocked the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party out of contention even before the polling day The saffron allies later patched up to form the ruling coalition in KDMC Keen to avoid a repeat the Congress poll managers for Mumbai now have plans to field local heavyweights in Mumbai and other local bodies “We plan to field strong candidates who will keep the party voter intact” confirmed Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam To remain relevant in the public eye the plan said insiders is also to release a ‘populist’ election manifesto promising freebies Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam even launched a frontal attack against the Shiv Sena and the BJP on Friday “Shiv Sena’s announcement of contesting polls separately is nothing but empty election rhetoric If Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena chief) has the guts he must first withdraw its ministers from the Centre and the state governments Fighting like dogs while sharing power is cheap and misleading Also if the BJP says that the Shiv Sena has deserted it it must dump them from the government before seeking people’s mandate” Nirupam said Nirupam fired another salvo “The Shiv Sena and the BJP haven’t really split They are only misleading the people to shield each other from the blame for corruption and the scams in the municipality Both the Shiv Sena and the BJP are jointly responsible for these Our campaign will expose them both” he said Former Maharashtra minister and party’s Mumbai poll strategy formulation chief Suresh Shetty echoed Nirupam “While Uddhav Thackeray has said that he won’t forge electoral alliances with the BJP in future he should also declare that he won’t join hands with the BJP after the poll” he said Party’s sitting legislator Amin Patel added “The BMC has been a scam-bed in the last two decades Both the Shiv Sena and the BJP are partners-in-crime Neither can shy away from the responsibility” Nirupam stated that the Shiv Sena-BJP split was a “boon for the Congress” Senior party leaders privately admitted the party would have been more at ease if the two saffron parties were to contest as an alliance As part of its election strategy the party now has plans to release a “chargesheet” over scams and misrule of the Shiv Sena-BJP in the civic body Former Union Minister and party MP Shashi Tharoor is expected to release this chargesheet on January 30 Incidentally the Nationalist Congress Party too labelled Shiv Sena’s announcement of contesting polls separately as a “farce” The party’s Mumbai chief and former Maharashtra minister Sachin Ahir said “The Shiv Sena is fooling people of the state It should first step out of the NDA government in the Centre and the BJP-led government in the state for it to be taken seriously” For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 4 2017 5:05 pm Irrfan Khan got an opportunity to meet people and visit places in Gangtok via this untitled film and the response from the people was overwhelming Top News If you thought only three Khans can cause mob frenzy this picture of Irrfan Khan wearing a slight smile roaming on the roads of Gangtok will blow your mind Irrfan may be a success in both Bollywood and Hollywood but most find it hard to picture him as a superstar despite their best efforts Until something like this happens and lets you know that people are crazy about Irrfan Going by the picture Irrfan is looking at ease and comfortable despite fans going crazy tussling with each other to click a picture of the actor The actor has a couple of movies lined up for this year including The Song of The Scorpions with Golshifteh Farahani Hindi Medium with Saba Qamar and an untitled film to be directed by Tanuja Chandra The actor is currently shooting a road movie After wrapping shooting in Rewari Bikaner and Hrishikesh the actor went to Gangtok for the film’s shoot to Gangtok The actor got an opportunity to meet people and visit places in Gangtok via this untitled film and the response from the people was overwhelming Despite not really being an active filming zone for the Bollywood industry Gangtok welcomed Irrfan with a stunning crowd which took the cast by surprise Also Read:Ittefaq: Sidharth Malhotra is so angry on sets Sonakshi Sinha has gone ‘khamosh’ Seepic Irrfan was tongue-tied when he was welcomed by such a big crowd He said ”The welcome in Gangtok was fantastic In a place where access to movies is very limited and then to see such response was great Much like the place the people of Gangtok are wonderful and beautiful” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top News I only tell producers to pay me whatever they wish, having prevailed 17 times since the competition was created in 1963. download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: January 20, “We invited her to come and we offered her support if she should need it.

AFP For the record, the actor said he faced rejection many times but never lost hope. the most expensive housing developments in Gurgaon,identifying 16 villages for land acquisition. then those levelling such wild allegations must be punished. PTI "It is also the Opposition’s responsibility to run Parliament. at least in the Indian subcontinent,a major clash erupted between two groups in this connection. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 7, Sakshi’s sensational third place finish came after her teammate Vinesh Phogat was stretchered off after suffering a leg injury that was later found out as a knee ligament tear in her 48kg quarterfinal bout against China’s Sun Yanan.

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