No Toll Waiver At Pipili For Rath Yatra: NHAI
Puri: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) today denied exemption of toll at Pipili toll gate for various important days during the Rath Yatra. Earlier the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration has declared exemption of toll fee on Rath Yatra, Bahuda Yatra, and Suna Besha.
In a letter to the temple administration, the NHAI said that there is no provision for providing free access to commuters on such occasions. The NHAI also clarified that toll fees were never exempted during such occasions since the operation of the toll gate in 2015.
“The toll plaza at Pipili is being operated by the private contractor through competitive bidding and toll operator is required to deposit the full quoted amount irrespective of the traffic volume,” said the letter.
The NHAI has also instructed the private contractor to deploy adequate manpower at the toll gate to prevent traffic jam during the important rituals.