Toll rates for all commercial vehicles at Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway will be hiked from March 31 midnight. The fee for non-commercial vehicles remains the same but rates for other vehicles, including transport, goods carriers and heavy vehicles, will be increased by Rs 5 to Rs 10 per trip.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) revises toll rates every year based on figures of the Reserve Bank of India, and, last year, rates were increased for all kinds of vehicles, including non-commercial vehicles. Around 2 lakh vehicles cross Kherki Daula toll plaza every day and around 75,000 vehicles pay toll daily.
As per the NHAI notification, cars will continue to pay Rs 60 toll for every trip. Light commercial vehicles will have to pay Rs 90 instead of Rs 85 that they were paying last year. Buses and trucks will have to pay Rs 185 instead of Rs 175 per trip.
The highway concessionaire, Millennium City Expressway Private Limited (MCEPL), said the rates have been changed by the NHAI on the basis of RBI data on inflation. “As per the notification, the new rates will become effective from March 31 midnight. The rate for passenger cars has not been increased and this will help the largest section of commuters,” S Raghuraman, chief executive officer, MCEPL, said.
Last year, the Haryana government had planned to waive off toll for passenger cars registered in Gurgaon to give relief to commuters who have to pay a high fee for every trip.
Although the plan to make the passage toll-free did not materialise, sources said the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC), the industrial arm of Haryana government, is working to shift the Kherki Daula toll plaza towards Bilaspur to make the Gurgaon stretch free. “A high-level discussion to shift the toll plaza from Kherki Daula is ongoing but the cost involved is steep. The government is trying to raise resources and will work with the NHAI to get it shifted,” Sudhir Rajpal, managing director, HSIIDC., said