In spite of the chronic review on the matter of highway toll exemption insisted by various political parties and NGOs, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for road transport and highways has broken down the silence and said that the toll collection will continue forever.
During the PTI employee union on 3rd July 2018, Gadkari said, "The toll (collection) will never go. The toll will be there. If you want good services, you will have to pay for it.”
As per 2017 statistics, approximately 1.46 lakh people have met with the accidents and lost their lives in around 4.60 lakh road accidents which have been registered in India.
Maintenance of roads on regular basis is must in order to make arrangements to prevent accidents and it also helps to enhance safety on the roads, therefore tolls are significant and purposeful.
However, protesters such as Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) of the Raj Thackeray are continuously forcing the ministry to make highways toll-free.