While authorities make vain bids at finding an agency for toll collection along the second phase of the Outer Ring Road, the user charges for the first phase of the facility would be hiked from April 1.
The annual revision of the toll charges, a marginal rise, comes into effect as part of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) prescription. It would be applicable at all existing toll plazas on the 79-km ORR first stretch between Pedda Amberpet and Patancheru, along with the 4.90 km link road from Gachibowli to Narsingi.
ORR officials describe the revision as negligible, with car and jeep users having to pay three paisa more for every km travelled, while mini-buses and light commercial vehicles need to shell out an extra four paisa per km.
The hike would also mean nine paisa per km more for buses and 13 paisa extra for the four-axle trucks.
In most instances, the new rates would not be felt, given the practice of rounding-up the user fee to the nearest Rs.10, said an official.Waiting game
However, efforts to get an agency for toll collection on the second phase between Patancheru and Shamirpet have proved futile.
This was opened for traffic in December 2012 and though the authorities called for tenders immediately, no agency evinced interest.
The tender call failed to interest any of the companies involved in the collection of user fee as the contract period happens to be very short, reason officials.
“It is for a period till March 2014, which leaves very little time for one to successfully bid, take up the job, set up infrastructure and recover the amount,” said an official.
This would mean that while the vehicles on the first phase of the ORR end up paying hiked user charges, those using the second phase of the facility have to pay nothing.