Dasna farmers threaten stir over two tolls within one km
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) is angry that commuters travelling on NH-24 have to pay the toll at Dasna as well as at the interchange barely 600 metres ahead if they wish to use the Eastern Peripheral Expressway.delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2018 00:14 IST
The members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have demanded the shifting of the old toll plaza in Dasna as a new toll plaza for the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) has become operational nearby. The commuters using NH-24 and the EPE are required to pay toll at both points, which are within a kilometre of each other.
The BKU members said the commuters travelling on NH-24 have to pay the toll at Dasna as well as at the interchange barely 600 metres ahead if they wish to use the EPE. The farmers have threatened to go on a protest if the old toll is not done away with.
“Commuters who wish to move to the EPE have to first pay a toll at the old toll plaza and then again to enter the EPE,” said Rajbir Singh, BKU vice-president.
Starting April 1, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had marginally hiked the toll rates, from Rs 30 to Rs 35, at the Dasna toll plaza. The hike was for non-commercial vehicles, including cars, jeeps, etc, for a single journey. Light commercial vehicles pay Rs 55 while bigger vehicles such as buses pay up Rs 120 for a single journey.
Further at the exit of the EPE, vehicles have to pay again for the per kilometre distance travelled on the expressway. Vehicles entering from EPE’s Dasna interchange, have to pay Rs 10 for a journey to Duhai, Rs 60 up to Mawi Kalan and Rs 80 up to Jakhauli interchanges.
The Dasna toll plaza, as per official estimates, is used by 15,000 vehicles a day.
First Published: Sep 04, 2018 00:14 IST