The Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) has proposed toll charges for the 136-km Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) Expressway. The state industries body has sent the proposal to the Haryana Cabinet for approval and a meeting in this regard is likely to be held in the last week of April.
A 53-km section of the KMP Expressway from Manesar to Palwal was opened for people on April 5 by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari. The remaining stretch is to be completed this year, as per the deadline set by the Haryana government. The charging of toll on the road is likely to begin from June. Presently, no toll is being charged from KMP users.
The HSIIDC has fixed a fee of Rs1.30 per km for light vehicles and Rs 3.90 per km for heavy vehicles.
HSIIDC officials said light vehicles include cars, vans and light commercial vehicles, whereas trucks and multi-axle vehicles are included in the heavy vehicle category
HSIIDC chief engineer AK Jain said the proposal for toll rates has been sent to the Cabinet. “Before the toll rates are finalised, a meeting will be called to discuss the modalities. Within two months of the approval of the rates, the toll will be implemented and minor changes, if any, will be incorporated,” he said.
As per the plan, when a driver will enter the road, he or she will be issued a slip and this will be submitted while exiting the road. The payment will be calculated on the basis of the distance travelled by the commuter.
The 136-km long KMP Expressway passes through Sonepat, Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat and Palwal districts in Haryana.
As per the plan, vehicles coming from northern states on NH1 and wanting to go to Rajasthan and Gujarat, can get on the KMP Road at Kundli and take the NH8 at Manesar. Those desiring to go to central and south Indian states can enter the NH2 at Palwal. In both the cases, long-distance vehicles and trucks need not enter Delhi and this will check pollution in the national capital.