It may be years before the massive bridge gets built, but the price to pay for zipping across the 22-km Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link, from Sewri to Nhava, could be Rs 205 for a one-way trip.
That’s the figure estimated by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which expects to build the bridge.
If that figure is finalised, it could make this the most expensive tolled road in Maharashtra.
Motorists pay Rs 140 to use the 92-km Mumbai-Pune Exp-ressway, and Rs 50 to use the 4.7-km Bandra-Worli sea link.
MSRDC has said it will cost Rs 7,761 crore to build the eight-lane bridge, to be constructed as a public-private partnership — with a private firm building the bridge and being allowed to collect toll from motorists for a specified number of years.
MSRDC has said the private builder can recover costs in 50 years, which means motorists will have to pay toll for 50 years. MSRDC’s toll plan says if the bridge is completed by 2015, car owners will pay Rs 205 to use the bridge, while multi-axle vehicle owners will pay Rs 820.
The toll rates will be increased by 15 per cent every three years.