The Uttar Pradesh government has finalised toll rates for the Greater Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway.
Askari Zaidi, senior vice president (communications) of Jaypee Group, said on Tuesday evening, "The rates have been finalised. The government will notify the same in the gazette tonight. Though finer details are awaited, the rates are said to be more or less the same as proposed to the government by us as well as the Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority."
According to the proposed rates, a four-wheeler would pay R2.10/km as toll. In order to travel the entire distance of 165 km, the final toll — as per the proposal — would come to R346. There are three toll tax plazas — Jewar, Mathura and near Agra — at present.
"It's possible the government may lower the tariff slightly. But there is not likely to be any major difference," said Zaidi.
"Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will inaugurate the expressway at 11am on Thursday from his official residence in Lucknow. The chief minister will do the honours by unveiling a ceremonial plaque. At the same time an inaugural ceremony will be held at the zero mile of the expressway here in Greater Noida," he added.
"Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav will flag off the first traffic on the expressway. The toll road will be thrown open to the public at 4pm," Zaidi said.
The CM will also address the gathering at the zero mile through video conferencing. "His address would be telecast live on a screen here," he said.
Via this six-lane link, the distance between Agra and Delhi's tourist places would be around 225 km.
The travel time will be between 2 hours 30 minutes and 3 hours. Greater Noida residents will reach Agra in just 90 minutes and Noida residents in 2 hours. Planned in 2003, the project has been built on a public-private partnership model at a cost of R12,839 crore.