KUALA LUMPUR: Toll collection for Cheras-bound and Petaling Jaya-bound traffic on the East-West Link Expressway was abolished last night.
Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said the move was a present for the people in conjunction with Wesak Day today.
"It is also aimed at easing the people's burden," he said after announcing the termination of the toll collection.
The RM125 million expressway, connecting the Salak and Taman Connaught interchanges, opened in 1995.
The concessionaire was Metramac Corporation.
The toll rates were 50 sen for cars and RM1 for buses and heavy vehicles.
In January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the concession agreement for the expressway would end earlier than its expiry date in 2018.
He said the government would not renew the concession and that it would not pay any compensation.
Shaziman said: "With the abolition of toll, an estimated RM180 million will not be collected during the remaining period of the concession."
He said the closure of the toll plaza would benefit about 100,000 motorists plying the expressway, especially for residents of Bandar Permaisuri, Bandar Tun Razak and surrounding areas.
"We hope this will ease traffic in these areas."
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