NHAI hands over management of 5 toll plazas
NHAI has handed over the management of 5 toll plazas to OMT contractors from the ex-servicemen agencies. This include: Varahi toll plaza at km 160.00 of NH-15; Makhel toll plaza at km 226.00 of NH-15; Bhiladi toll plaza at km 403.00 of NH-14; Vanana toll plaza at km 11.00 of NH-8 B; and Dumiyani toll plaza at km 82.00 of NH-8 B.
This has been done as per the as per existing guidelines where by NHAI has to engage fee collecting agencies through competitive bidding system. As per the earlier guidelines, NHAI was to collect the user fee through Director General of Resettlement (DGR) sponsored ex-servicemen only till the engagement of Operation, Maintenance and Transfer (OMT) contract.
The main reasons to have composite contract for maintenance of road and collection of user fee was to have better coordination between the various arms working under the same organization. Another reason being the optimization of cost for operation, maintenance, collection of user fee can be done by sharing of resources under the same agency.
This information was provided by Shri RPN Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways in the Lok Sabha.