Your ride on the Bandra Worli sea link could get costlier by 2011. There are plans to hike the toll rates by approximately eight per cent when Reliance Infrastructure buys the bridge next year.
This could mean that vehicle owners who pay Rs 50 for a one way ride will have to shell out Rs 54 for the same ride from 2011. “The toll rates will be reviewed once again when the new consortium takes over the Bandra Worli project,” Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) Chief Engineer Sharad Sabnis said.
The new toll rates will be Rs 54 for a car, Rs 81 for a light commercial vehicles and Rs 108 for a heavy commercial vehicle.
MSRDC had previously fixed a toll charge of Rs 50 for cars, Rs 75 for light commercial vehicles and Rs 100 for heavy vehicles. The company, Mumbai Entry Point Ltd, is currently undertaking toll collection of the Bandra Worli sea link, which opened to the public on June 30, 2009. It bagged the tender for collecting toll last July for a year for Rs 74 crore.
The contract expired this month. Meanwhile, a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure and Hyundai has now bagged the contract for constructing the next phase of the sea link from Worli to Haji Ali. As per the contract, it will give them the right to charge toll on the Bandra- Worli sea link too.
As Reliance has not paid Rs 1,634 crore to buy the sea link, MSRDC has had to search for a stop-gap collector who will collect the amount till the contract is signed. The deadline for which is December 2010.
MSRDC has set the base price of six month’s toll at Rs 38 crore and floated bids for the same. Two contractors, Mumbai Entry Point Ltd and Konark Infrastructure, have shown willingness to bid. “We will now evaluate the viability of the two bids and take a decision by next week,” Sabnis said.