The minister said toll collection can "never go" if funds are to be raised for constructing roads under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model.
"The toll (collection) will never go. The toll will be there. If you want good services, you will have to pay for it," Gadkari said at a function of the PTI employees unions here last night.
Expressing concern over the rising instances of road accidents, he said his ministry is working towards ensuring safe travel on the highways.
As many as 1.46 lakh people had lost their lives in 4.60 lakh road accidents across the country in 2017, he said.
The demand for toll waiver has been a long-standing one with NGOs and Opposition parties like the Raj Thackeray- led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena pushing the case.