Four-lane work on NH-67 taken up at a cost of Rs.280 crore
Motorists using the four-lane Thuvakudi-Thanjavur section of National Highway 67 will have to pay toll from Thursday.
The four-lane project on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur highway stretch was taken up at a cost of Rs.280 crore under the National Highways Development Project-Phase III. The scheme is being executed by Madhucon Projects, under Build Operate and Transfer Scheme.
Four-lane work has been completed on nearly 52 km, between the BHEL campus and Thanjavur.
Two road over-bridges across level crossing at Ariyamangalam and Tiruverumbur in Tiruchi City are yet to be built. However, the four-lane highway on the Thuvakudi-Thanjavur section is now being commissioned.
A public notification issued on May 1 stated that M/s. Tiruchi Thanjavur Expressways Limited would collect the toll. A toll plaza has been built beyond Thuvakudi, in the outskirts of the city.
Toll would be collected at the following rates for vehicles passing through the section in the categories of single journey, multiple journeys and monthly pass: Car/van/jeep – Rs.36, Rs.54 and Rs.1,075 (single, multiple and monthly pass rates respectively); light commercial vehicle – Rs.63, Rs.94 and Rs.1,882; truck/bus – Rs.125, Rs.188 and Rs.3,764; and multi-axle vehicle – Rs.202, Rs.302 and Rs.6,049.
Special concessions in the form of monthly passes would be issued to local people comprising residents of villages and towns, establishments and industrial units, employees of establishments and industrial units, self-employed persons and businessmen having a place of work in local areas.
They would be issued the passes in two categories – one for a radius of 10 km and the other for a radius of 20 km from the toll plaza.
Under local traffic category I, cars, vans or jeeps would be issued monthly passes at Rs.150. Under local traffic category II, the monthly pass would be issued for these vehicles at Rs.300.
The monthly passes for local people would be issued on the production of specified documentary proof.
Commercial vehicles used for local transport would also be offered concessional fee: Rs.25 for trucks and Rs.15 for light commercial vehicles for each entry on production of proof (in the form of goods challan for origin and destination clearly specifying the return journey of the vehicle) for plying within 20 km.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations, a city-based organisation, has appeal to the NHAI to defer the toll collection until the four-lane project was fully completed.
Expressing surprise over the decision to commence the toll collection on the stretch from Thuvakudi, M.Sekaran, president of the federation, in a representation to the NHAI, said once the toll collection commenced there was no pressing commitment for the contractor to complete the project.
Currently, several accidents were taking place on the highway and it is the duty of the NHAI to segregate local city traffic from the main highway corridor as per norms, Mr.Sekaran said.