MOTORISTS TRAVELLING to and from Ujjain via the railway overbridge on MR 10 will have to pay toll tax ranging from Rs 16 to 80 at booths to be set up at Sukhliya and Bhauransla. The payment receipts will be valid for a period of 24 hours.
The 700-metre-long overbridge is expected to become traffic worthy within the next fortnight although minor works are likely to be completed only by March, nearly three months behind schedule.
According to the Indore Development Authority (IDA), officials cars and jeeps will be charged Rs 16 for using the facility while large vans and Tempo Trax will have to shell out Rs 30.
Trucks and buses will be levied toll amounting to Rs 50, loaded trucks and HTVs (Rs 65), trolleys (Rs 80 while earthmoving machinery will be charged at the rate of Rs 10 per tonne).
The overbridge, mooted after heavy Ujjain-bound traffic witnessed during Simhastha 2004, was commissioned by IDA and is being constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme by the Prakash Asphaltings & Toll Highways (I) Ltd.
As per the agreement, the firm was to recoup its investments by levying toll charges on vehicles using the facility and the facility would revert to the Authority after 17 years.
“Originally pegged at Rs 14.65 crore, project costs have moved up to nearly Rs 18 crore owing to a three-month delay. As a punitive measure, the BOT scheme has been reduced from 17 years to 16 years and nine months,” Superintending Engineer, IDA, P K Mistry said.