The chief minister Mr Oommen Chandy on Monday said the government would ensure 80-km-long free service roads before allowing toll collection on the widened Angamaly-Mannuthy stretch of National Highway 47.
Addressing the first meeting of the monitoring committee constituted on the works related to the widening of the NH stretch, the chief minister said all promises would be met by the government before the toll.
Mr Chandy said the Cabinet would take a decision on when to start the toll collection. It would also look into the complaints that the toll rate was high compared to the cost.
Another contentious issue was the move of the private company to collect toll from Edapally-Angamaly stretch too though its widening was undertaken by the government. The CM said that the Cabinet would look into this issue as well.
A public protest had led to the suspension of toll collection at the Palliakkara toll plaza on the road about a month ago immediately after it was introduced.
Another attempt to introduce the toll from January 18 also did not succeed due to the protest. The monitoring committee was formed subsequently.