Build Toll Free National Highways

8 Pages Posted: 15 May 2017

Date Written: May 15, 2017

Abstract

This article suggests ways to build toll free national highways in quick time. The expansion of the road network in the future needs huge amount of investment which has to be collected from the users. I suggest that the users are divided into two categories the rich pay and the poor do not. The following suggestion is an elaboration of these two points.

While travelling on the highway we are often subject to harassment for which we pay from our own pockets. This is the main and only role of the existing toll gates on the highway.

The existing toll gates on the highways are no longer necessary to pay for the cost of laying the roads as most of these toll gates have been functioning for the collection of the toll fee for the last 10 years or more on an average. This time period is more than enough to fully recover the amount invested along with interest. These toll gates need to be shut down and if in case the justification for continuing collection of toll in order to finance the laying of the roads in future I have a suggestion for financing such road laying activity without the need for toll gates. The new scheme also ensures social justice because the users of public passenger transport and all types of commodity transport need not pay any toll. Rich people owning their own private transport in the forms of cars etc., have to pay for the limited period of five years.

Keywords: Highways, surface transport

JEL Classification: L74, L91, L92, L98

Suggested Citation

Varma, Vijaya Krushna, Build Toll Free National Highways (May 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2968304 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2968304

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