National highway toll rises by 10% to 15% from today – Times of India

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According to NHAI officials, the hike has been made on the basis of the wholesale price index in accordance with the provisions of the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008.

KOLKATA: Those looking for long drives over the weekend will have to pay extra at toll plazas from Friday as the National highways Authority of India has hiked toll fee rates across the country from April 1. The hike ranges between 10% and 15%.
The revised rates have been issued for all types of vehicles plying on national highways as the authorities hiked fees by Rs 10 to Rs 60, depending on the type of vehicle. Orders in this regard have been issued to all regional NHAI officials.
According to NHAI officials, the hike has been made on the basis of the wholesale price index in accordance with the provisions of the National Highways Fee (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. “The tariff revision is a routine affair. The fees have been revised by 10% to 15% after a year and has been notified accordingly. From April 1, new rates will apply at all toll plazas,” said RP Singh, chief general manager of NHAI in Bengal.
While the toll for cars and jeeps will increase by Rs 10, buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles will be required to pay Rs 35 to Rs 45 and Rs 40 to Rs 50 more respectively. With the new prices coming into effect, there will be a significant increase in revenue from toll collection, the officials added. The new rates are applicable for single and double trips as well as monthly passes.
The fee revision came on a day when the Bengal government withdrew all Covid-related restrictions, including that on non-emergency night travel between midnight and 5am, which immediately made many Kolkatans plan road trips over the weekend and the rest of the summer. However, the toll fee revision came as a dampener along with spiralling fuel prices.
“We were planning a road trip to Santiniketan this weekend and another road trip to Puri during Poila Baisakh. But the ever rising fuel prices and now the hike in toll fees are making me think twice about the plans. I may shift to usual train travel and hire a car rather than going on a road trip,” said Mithoon Ghosh, a resident of Behala.
Truck operators said the further hike in toll fees along with the exponential rise in fuel prices will adversely impact the supply of essential commodities in Kolkata, rest of Bengal and elsewhere in India.
“The distribution of essentials like fish, fruits, egg, pulses, oil, food grains, medicines and fertilizer will be badly hit if our interest is not taken care of,” said a truck driver.
“Many trucks have already gone off the road because of the hike in fuel price. The cost of transportation has gone up many-fold with uncertainty prevailing at loading and unloading points. The current hike in toll fees will make several truck operators stay off the road. This will ultimately lead to a rise in the price of food and essentials,” said Sajal Ghosh, joint secretary of West Bengal Truck Operators Association.

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