Pune, February 26, 2020 : India’s first six-lane high speed Mumbai-Pune Expressway is one of the busiest ones in the country. Thousands of people travel on this route on daily basis.
It will now become costlier for the travelers on the Expressway because sooner they will have to pay the increased amount of toll which is going to be regulated from April 1, 2020.
So, for now, the toll for a car is Rs 230 that will be sooner reaching to Rs 270. For the minibusses, the toll will rise from Rs 255 to Rs 320. Similarly, for the trucks with two-axle, it will rise from Rs 483 to Rs 580. Trucks with more than two-axle will be charged Rs 1380 instead of Rs 1168. The buses will have to pay Rs 797 from Rs 675. Also toll tax on cranes have been increased from Rs 1555 to Rs 1835.
According to the information, IRB infrastructure Developers will be paying Rs 8,262 crore to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) and hence will collect the toll for the next 15 years.
Vivek Velankar, President Sajag Nagrik Manch Pune has written a letter to the Chief Minister after the hike.
“In 2014, it was decided that toll rates will increase by 18% after three years of the period due to an increase in the traffic by 5%. But, during the 2014 to 2019 period, the contractor was to receive Rs 2,869 crore, which is Rs 1,500 crore more than the previous estimate. Therefore, 18% of the increase in toll rates was an injustice to the commuters,” he was quoted by the Sakal Times newspaper.