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Old 27th March 2006, 16:19   #16
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Coimbatore also has one such bridge... while getting into town from Palghat side...its called "Aathu Paalam" or something.. L&T was awarded the contract and they have been chaging 6/car for EACH ONE WAY journey - for many years now. All of you talking about bridge lenghts - get this-...ITS ALL OF 30MTRS LONG over some silly creek called NOYAL!!!!!

This has to take the cake!..


The CBA and the ROI is mind boggling!!
That bridge existed BEFORE the toll was imposed. There was no toll on that bridge till L&T built the byepass and everyone byepassed the byepass to byepass the toll that they collected on that new road.

So the government gave them rights to collect a toll on entry to Coimbatore - I dont think it has anything to do with that little culvert at all. This is probably another way of subsidising L&T for people that want to avoid their miserable toll.
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I'm surprised, this being Kerala, the toll-collectors and even the bridge haven't been smashed up by the irate public by now.

This sucks...it really does...
You never wanna know what stock in thier booths. Otherwise as you rightly mentioned the guys would have taken matters in thier 'own hands'
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That bridge existed BEFORE the toll was imposed. There was no toll on that bridge till L&T built the byepass and everyone byepassed the byepass to byepass the toll that they collected on that new road.

So the government gave them rights to collect a toll on entry to Coimbatore - I dont think it has anything to do with that little culvert at all. This is probably another way of subsidising L&T for people that want to avoid their miserable toll.
Well Steer every Coimbatorian here thinks they are paying for that bridge!! ... If what you say is right then I guess things are a whole lot murkier than it appears!

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This is a typically frustrating case of exploitation via monopoly. Just because there is no other option, the toll collectors felt it fit to fleece with arrogance.

I would have hoped that the rates were decided in a citizen-centric way before the contract was awarded. But then the so called leaders have their own vested interests, who else but the common man to pay the price?

I like what the State achieved with the Bombay-Pune expressway. It is NOT the only option. For lonavla, they charge about 70 rupees but give you value of a LOT more than that vis-a-vis the old highway, in terms of fuel savings, time and safety. If you want to save on toll, you can use the old highway.

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Well Steer every Coimbatorian here thinks they are paying for that bridge!! ... If what you say is right then I guess things are a whole lot murkier than it appears!
i guess you are talking about the small bridge (sorry culvert) that is on the way to palakkad with well maintained grass lawns... if i am right i remember paying toll around 98-99 itself and also used to wonder why they are collecting heavy for such a small bridge.

secondly, we have never used the irumbuliyur bypass, but i still remember paying toll.. so i feel that toll was collected for the bridge and not for the entire bypass as previously stated.
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This is a typically frustrating case of exploitation via monopoly. Just because there is no other option, the toll collectors felt it fit to fleece with arrogance.

I would have hoped that the rates were decided in a citizen-centric way before the contract was awarded. But then the so called leaders have their own vested interests, who else but the common man to pay the price?

I like what the State achieved with the Bombay-Pune expressway. It is NOT the only option. For lonavla, they charge about 70 rupees but give you value of a LOT more than that vis-a-vis the old highway, in terms of fuel savings, time and safety. If you want to save on toll, you can use the old highway.
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i agree with GTO on his views on the mumbai pune expressway as it is connecting two cities that are far apart from one another and secondly we get to use a good road, but what abt the toll that they are collecting to come into mumbai just from navi mumbai. not many ppl travel from mumbai to pune everyday but there are so many of them who travel to mumbai from navi mumbai and the other way round.

again look at the state of flyovers, mankhurd one, chembur one, mankhurd ghatkopar link road, all filled with potholes. thank god they have done away with the speed breakers atleast.

i think some body should approach the court to rule against levying such hig toll charges. i wouldnt say that they should not collect any toll becoz funds are needed for a debt ridden state like us but then how much money actually reaches the state coffers.

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