Pune, 28th March 2023: Toll rates on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway will increase by 18 per cent from 1st April. A senior official of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) said that the toll rates are increased by six per cent every year by the department, but it will now be increased in three years.
Private car drivers will now have to pay Rs 320 for one way on this 94-kilometre-long expressway. Currently, car drivers have to pay a toll tax of Rs 270. Car drivers will have to spend Rs 360 on this route. Out of this, Rs 320 will be the toll, and an additional charge of Rs 40 has to be paid at Vashi. Due to the increase in toll tax, the fare of taxis and buses on the routes of Mumbai and Pune may also increase. The burden of increased toll is likely to fall on the passengers.
Transporters say they will have to put the burden of increased toll tax on the passengers. Their earnings were already disrupted due to the Corona crisis. Pune District Luxury Bus Association Balasaheb Khedekar said, “If toll tax is going to increase, then its effect will be seen on us also. The operational cost will increase. Significantly, lakhs of people travel on the Mumbai-Pune route every day. In such a situation, all these people will be affected by the increase in toll tax. This expressway is considered the lifeline connecting two important cities of Maharashtra.”