The national highway toll increases by 10% to 15% from today | Kolkata News
KOLKATA: Those looking for long weekend journeys will have to pay extra at toll booths from Friday as the National Highways Authority of India has increased toll rates across the country from 1 april. The increase varies between 10% and 15%.
The revised rates have been released for all types of vehicles traveling on the national highways, as the authorities have increased the charges from Rs 10 to Rs 60, depending on the type of vehicle. Orders to this effect have been issued to all regional NHAI officials.
According to NHAI officials, the hike was made on the basis of the wholesale price index in accordance with the provisions of the National Road Charges (Tariff Setting and Collection) Rules 2008. “Tariff review is a routine matter. Charges have been revised by 10-15% after one year and have been notified accordingly. From April 1, new tariffs will apply at all toll stations” , 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 have to pay Rs 35 to Rs 45 and Rs 40 to Rs 50 plus respectively. With the entry into force of the new prices, there will be a significant increase in revenue from toll collection, the officials added. The new rates are applicable to single and double journeys as well as to monthly subscriptions.
The fee review came on a day when the Bengal government withdrew all Covid-related restrictions, including those on non-emergency overnight travel between midnight and 5 a.m., which immediately forced many Kolkatans to plan weekend road trips and the rest of the summer. However, the toll fee revision came as a shock absorber with soaring fuel prices.
“We had planned a road trip to Santiniketan this weekend and another road trip to Puri during Poila Baisakh. But the constant rise in fuel prices and now rising toll charges make me think twice about the plans. I could switch to the usual train journey and rent a car rather than going on a trip,” said Behala resident Mithoon Ghosh.
Truckers have said that the new rise in toll charges along with the exponential rise in fuel prices will negatively impact the supply of essential commodities in Kolkata, rest of Bengal and elsewhere in India.
“The distribution of essentials like fish, fruit, eggs, pulses, oil, food grains, medicine and fertilizers will be badly hit if our interests are not taken into account,” a driver said. of truck.
“Many trucks have already run off the road due to rising fuel prices. The cost of transport has increased many times over with the uncertainty at loading and unloading points. The current increase in toll charges will force several truckers to stay away This will ultimately lead to an increase in the price of food and basic necessities,” said Sajal Ghosh, co-secretary of the West Bengal Truck Operators Association.