Originally Posted by YogiPunto
Is it worth pay such huge sums at Toll plazas is one more discussion. But the point that I wanted to highlight is a different side of it which was mostly untouched. I agree about toll amount not being utilised wisely by the authorities. But to say that we can at least make sure that the amount is reaching the concerned authorities. But if the middlemen are eating up on the amount and the authorities have no clue about it, then its worthless to say that the authorities are not doing there job.
I think there are 2 things which can be looked at here.
1) First thing is our approach towards Toll. We need to look at toll as a tool to improve the infrastructure and NOT a tool created to harass us. We need to pay toll rather than giving lifts to toll guys for paying no toll or paying less for no receipts. Also, we need to make sure the way toll collected is proper and they are not doing any mischief.
2) and the second thing is the authorities need to improve on the way toll is collected. In this era where we operate almost everything using mobile phones, I am surprised we still don't have a RFID chip / mobile based toll collection system. Such a system will improve the toll collection process and also reduce the delays the the plazas.
How Toll amounts are increasing day by day and how we are being harassed (:-)) is yet another discussion which is visited almost every time we visit any thread about tolls. But what we can do to improve the overall Toll process is also important. Thats what is highlighted here!
Truely said. I think every authority has to do their responsibility properly. Couple of points from a recent Tamil movie (Nimirndhu Nil) were seems to be very valid which are
We are selecting the politicians those who do not even have some basic qualification and does n't know much about the department he belongs (In TamilNad it is worst).
Govt officers are the one who are guiding those politicians guides them wrongly most of the time.
And Positions are there only for 5 years, but the govt officers/authorities are there till they retire.
in this case we need to have good authorities than good politicians.
I agree to most of the points mentioned.
Regarding using advance gadgets in this era, even I used to think something here. Assume am going to Madurai and the number of tolls between Chennai and Madurai is fixed and the toll charges also fixed. Why don't they do something in online. Let me pay the toll charges in online in Chennai itself. Provide a separate lane for these kind of vehicles. so that before reaching the toll read my number plate (possibilities of cheating is here, I know) and allow me to go without stopping me and wasting our time in toll (Some tolls, you need to spend hell lot of time)