There is some good news for the commuters frequenting between Delhi and Gurgaon using the Expressway on NH-8. Now they would not have to shell out extra money for travelling on this toll road from April 1, beginning of new financial year.
For instance, the toll charges for passenger car crossing Delhi border toll plaza would continue to be Rs 21 per trip.
It is for the first time that the toll charges are not being revised since the stretch was thrown open for the commuters in 2008.The toll charge for car in 2008 was Rs 16 per trip on Delhi border toll plaza and was revised four times on the basis of the wholesale price index (WPI) on all the three toll plazas on this stretch.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has refused to revise the toll charges from April 1.
The matter of termination of the expressway contract of Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), the concessionaire that operates the expressway, is pending in the Delhi High Court.
The DGSCL has moved a contempt plea against the NHAI for not revising the toll charges for 2012-13. Jay Kumar, an information technology professional and DLF City resident who travels between Delhi and Gurgaon using the Expressway said, "This is a good news for us. We get stuck in long jams every day. There should be no hike in toll charges unless facilities improve on this stretch."
However, the concessionaire said that the NHAI’s decision would have an impact on the quality of services being rendered to the commuters.
"We would continue to fulfil our commitment of providing seamless service to the commuters. However, the decision of NHAI on non-revision of toll charges would have an impact on the exchequer of the NHAI itself as we have revenue-sharing arrangement. We would later claim the revenue loss from the NHAI,"said ND Mehra, director, DGSCL.
The Gurgaon Expressway was thrown open commercially on January 25, 2008 when the commuters started paying toll for the first time on NH-8.