NATIONAL

Higher toll on 24 national highways

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Road users will have to pay a higher toll on 24 centrally funded national highways, for which the charges have been revised with effect from April 1.

Of the 145 national highways across the country, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has revised the rates for 24 of those funded by the Centre under a formula that will mean an increase by at least 17 per cent per km of road in some cases.

There will be an increase of 11 paise per km from 65 paise on NH 31(starting from Barhi in Jharkhand and ending in Amingaon in Assam) and NH 24 (Delhi-Lucknow).

The toll is basically charged on the basis of the length of the particular stretch of the toll plaza, and the figure is rounded to the nearest denomination of Rs.5. Hence, the percentage rise would differ from one stretch to another.

Apart from a three per cent fixed increase on the base price, the NHAI has charged 40 per cent of the change in the wholesale price index (WPI).

The NHAI has, in its revised toll policy, decided to apply the same principle for privately operated toll plazas based on the build, operate and transfer (BOT) system.