The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) reduced the toll tax for private cars by Rs. 1 and commercial vehicles by Rs. 2 at the Kherki Daula toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The new rates will be applicable from April 1, S Raghuraman, chief executive officer of the expressway concessionaire, Millennium City Expressways Private Limited (MCEPL), said. “We calculated the rates as per the formula (wholesale price index) and sent the recommendations to NHAI, which gave its approval,” he said.
Around 2.75 lakh vehicles ply on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway every day and an average of 70,000 vehicles pay toll tax at the Kherki Daula toll plaza.
As per the new rates, car users, who paid Rs. 60 at the toll plaza, will now pay Rs. 59, light commercial vehicles will pay Rs. 87 instead of Rs. 88 and buses with two axles will pay Rs. 177 instead of Rs. 179. The rates are revised every year based on the wholesale price index (WPI).
But, the reduced toll rates have not impressed commuters. “The government must remove the toll plaza as it is has a negative impact on the industrial sector in Manesar. Also, commuters are stuck in long jams every day,” Aseem Takyar, an RTI activist and owner of a manufacturing unit in IMT Manesar, said.
In another move, the expressway concessionaire gave new uniforms to employees working at the toll plaza, as directed by the NHAI chief. “A smart blue dress with a distinctive cap is part of the new uniform that was issued to the employees at toll plaza,” Raghuraman said.