BOT tollgate Cai Lay shuts down to wait for Ministry’s direction

The  toll station on the section of National Highway 1 running through Cai Lay Town in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang shut down again on December 1 afternoon after it resumed operations yesterday following a three and a half month shutdown.

BOT tollgate Cai Lay shuts down to wait for Ministry’s direction

The BOT (build-operate-transfer) Cai Lay tollgate was forced to close three times yesterday after reopening on the day because too many drivers paid the fee in small denomination banknotes as a show of protest. 

Deputy Chairman of board of director of National Highway 1A Tien Giang Investment Company Luu Van Hao said that the toll station closed to wait for the relevant agencies’ guidance.
On the day, company managers had an urgent meeting with People’s Committee and relevant agencies to discuss solution for the matter.
A leader of the provincial Department of Transport said it will report what developed in the toll station to the Ministry of Transport and the Road Department under the Ministry sent a mission team to the province on the issue.
In the day, the toll station closed, the traffic through Cai Lay District is fast flowing.
As per Sai Gon Giai Phong’s article, the reopening of the toll station again faced protest of drivers. Many drivers paid toll in small change of VND200, VND500, VND1,000 or a VND500,000 note to pay the toll to manifest their opposition.
Moreover, this time drivers required attendants to give them back VND100 in change.
Heated debates between drivers and assistants of the station made the traffic snarl; accordingly, the toll station closed two times on the reopening day and this morning. At last, it had to shut down to wait for instruction of the Ministry.
However, before, in an exchange with reporter, Mr. Hao affirmed not to shut down the toll station and not remove the station.

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By KIEN VAN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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