Samy Vellu: 20pc drop in traffic on LDP

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Samy Vellu: 20pc drop in traffic on LDP

Postby admin » Sat Jan 13, 2007 4:30 pm

THE Cabinet will have to give its approval before details of toll collected by highway concessionaires can be revealed to the public.

Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said the concessionaires have provided detailed accounts of their collection, expenses, bank charges and interest, repayments to banks and maintenance cost to the government.

He was asked to comment on a statement by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Monday that the highway concessionaires should reveal how much they had collected in toll so as to address the people’s dissatisfaction over the recent toll hike.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the Fifth Parvasi Bharatiya Divas held at the Vigyan Bhawan Conference Centre here yesterday.

Toll rates along five highways in the Klang Valley were increased by between 20 per cent and 60 per cent from Jan 1.

The five highways are Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE), Shah Alam Highway (Kesas), Damansara-Puchong Highway (LDP), Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and Cheras-Kajang Highway.

Samy Vellu said several discussions were held at the government-level and, after taking into account all aspects, consideration was given to increase toll rates.

Contrary to claims that traffic volume along these highways had increased, the minister pointed out that there was a drop of about 20 per cent along some highways such as the LDP. The toll along this highway was increased from RM1 to RM1.60.

A group comprising non-governmental organisations and opposition party members had recently protested the increase in toll rates for the busy LDP.

On another matter, Samy Vellu said he had a 30-minute meeting with India’s Congress party president Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

She was happy to note that many Malaysian companies were interested in continuing the tradition of doing business in India.

He described it as a good meeting that also touched on other matters.

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