Samy: Be prepared to pay higher SMART toll
BY ROYCE CHEAH
KUALA LUMPUR: The public should be prepared to pay higher tolls for the newly-opened road tunnel here because of its cost, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
He however declined to reveal the toll for the 3km road portion of the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) which motorists would be able to use for free for a month from 3pm today.
"There are a lot of suggestions but the Government is still thinking about it," he said during a press conference after the opening ceremony.
Samy Vellu said the public had to understand that SMART took a lot of time and money to build.
"So one must not think that the toll for this 3km tunnel will be like normal highways. It is different," he said.
The tunnel is the first in the world which has a dual function. Besides being a road tunnel, it will also be used for flood water diversion.
The tunnel is only open to cars, MPVs and SUVs not exceeding 2m in height with Touch 'n' Go and SmartTag facilities available. No motorcycles, buses or lorries are allowed.
Kalau kerajaan buat tunnel tu untuk dua tujuan, apa ke j*d*hnya nak dimahalkan tolnya. Dahlah tu hanya kereta sahaja yang boleh masuk. Rasa-rasanya akan dapat untung ke? Besok jadi gajah putih...tunggu air banjir aje lalu baru engkau tahu.
Kata saya...ini menunjukkan parmandangan minda yang sempit. Samy, sahlah saya bukan salah seorang dari pengguna yang akan menggunakan tunnel tersebut kalau dikenakan tol. Kalau free saya guna.