Having commissioned the Outer Ring Road (ORR) facility between Patancheru and Shamirpet, the authorities have now started the ground work to introduce toll collection on this stretch. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated the nearly 36 km stretch and opened it for traffic on December 4.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has called for tenders to start tolling and an agency for collection of user charges would be selected on the basis of competitive bidding.
For the ORR stretch-2 that runs for a length of 35.6 km with a diversion of about 3 km at Kandlakoya, toll collection would be introduced at six interchanges i.e., Patancheru, Sultanpur, Dundigal, Kandlakoya, Medchal and Shamirpet.
The user fee as approved by the government would be collected at a per-km fee structure of Rs. 0.84 for car/jeep/van, Rs.1.37 for mini-bus, Rs.2.87 for bus, Rs.3.13 for 3-axle truck, Rs.4.49 for 4/5/6 axle truck and Rs.5.48 for seven or more axle vehicle.
Tolling was recently initiated on the ORR stretch-1 between Pedda Amberpet and Patancheru at the interchanges of Pedda Amberpet, Bongulur, Raviryal, Tukkuguda, Pedda Golconda, Shamshabad, Rajendranagar, APPA Junction, Nanakramguda, Kokapet, Edulanagulapally and Patancheru.
The tender process for the stretch-2 is expected to be concluded towards the last week of the month. Authorities look at the possibility of starting the toll collection at the earliest, next couple of months, giving time for the successful bidder to set up the required paraphernalia of the toll plaza.