NHAI notifies revised rates at Hejamadi toll gate

Source: DHNS | Published on 26th November 2022, 6:42 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) issued the revised user fee rates to be collected at the Hejmadi toll gate after the merger of Surathkal toll plaza on NH 66, on November 24.

The revised use fee rate will come into effect from December 1.

The present fee for a single trip at Surathkal plaza for light motor vehicles, like car, jeep, van etc. (LMV), is Rs 60 and it is Rs 40 at Hejmadi plaza.

After the merger of Surathkal gate with that of Hejmadi, the toll for LMV at Hejmadi will be Rs 100. The present fee for return trips for LMVs at Surathkal is Rs 90 and it is Rs 65 at Hejmadi.

With the new user fee, the return trips for LMV at Hejmadi will be Rs 155. The present fee for monthly pass, valid for 50 single trips for LMV at Surathkal plaza, is Rs 2,050 and it is Rs 1,410 at Hejmadi.

After the merger, the monthly pass fee, valid for 50 single trips for LMV at Hejmadi, will be hiked to Rs 3,460.

The buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles will also have to pay the toll of Surathkal plaza at Hejmadi after the merger. Buses, that are paying Rs 6,940 and Rs 4,765 for monthly pass for 50 single trips at Surathkal and Hejmadi respectively, will have to pay Rs 11,705 at Hejmadi.

While oversized vehicles (seven or more axles), that were paying Rs 13,250 and Rs 9100 for monthly pass for 50 single trips at Surathkal and Hejamadi respectively, will have to pay Rs 22,350 after the merger at Hejamadi.

NHAI project director H S Linge Gowda, in a letter to the Udupi deputy commissioner , has stated that the calculation has been done as per the National Highways Fee (determination of rates and collection) Amendment Rules, 2010 and National Highways Fee (determination of rates and collection) Amendment Rules, 2014.

Toll Virodhi Horata Samithi convener Muneer Katipalla said that the indefinite day-and-night protest, that entered the 29th day on Friday, will end only after toll collection ends at Surathkal.

Terming it as anti-people decision, Katipalla said, “The NHAI has decided to collect exorbitant fee at Hejamadi. Its a great injustice perpetrated on the people of Tulu Nadu.

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