Kerala’s traffic congestion has grown by another 30 per cent in the past three years as tolls are being imposed for private vehicles on highways.
The state government said in a notification that the new toll on private vehicles will be Rs 10.50 from Rs 8.50 and the existing toll of Rs 10 will be reduced to Rs 5.50.
Traffic congestion is one of the main reasons behind the increase in tolls, said Vinod Tawde, the chief minister of Kerala.
The government had imposed tolls on private cars in November this year.
The government said that the increase is due to two factors: (i) more cars and (ii) the demand for cars.
Tawe said that this demand was due to the rising number of private vehicles in the state and due to an increase in the number of road accidents.
The increased tolls will benefit road users including traffic police, who can use the tolls to recover the toll from the private drivers.
Tawde said that it will also help the government to reduce traffic congestion on the highways.
Tulsi Ramaswamy, the state transport minister, said that a lot of work was done to improve the roads and that the government had issued Rs 1,000-crore road construction grant to the state government to create a dedicated road bank for the state’s road infrastructure.
“I have also given Rs 1 lakh for the road bank, which will be used to make roads safer for all road users,” he said.
The State government is also working on plans to create separate toll areas for each road user.