‘New higher toll charges may see further rise in prices’
Travelling to Nashik, Satara and Solapur from Pune will be costlier as the toll charges on these three highways have been hiked from April 1. This will also hike the freight charges making yet another hole in the pocket of the common man.
Pune: Travelling to Nashik, Satara and Solapur from Pune will be costlier as the toll charges on these three highways have been hiked from April 1. This will also hike the freight charges making yet another hole in the pocket of the common man.
The annual increase in the rate was roughly between Rs 5 and Rs 35 which came into effect from the midnight of March 31. Traders and wholesalers have already said it would result in increase in prices of essential commodities by 10 to 15 per cent.
As the charges have been hiked, commuting on Pune-Satara Highway, Pune-Solapur and Pune-Nashik Highway have become expensive. The toll fee charged on these three highways has been approved from April 1, 2019.
As per agreement on National Highways, the old toll charges expired on March 31 and new charges were applicable from April 1, 2019. There were two toll plazas on the Pune-Satara highway. On the Khed-Shivapur plaza light weight vehicles were paying Rs 90 for single trip and Rs 135 for double trips. At Anewad, passengers were paying Rs 60 for single trip and Rs 95 for double trips. Now, both toll plazas will charge Rs 95 and 65 for single trips and Rs 140 and Rs 95 for double trips. If you are going towards Satara, then pay Rs 160 for a single trip and Rs 235 for double trip.
On the Nashik highway, the vehicle owners will now have to pay Rs 45 for a single trip instead of Rs 40. There were no changes in double trips, the charges will be same as earlier. On the Hiwergaon Pawsa toll plaza, the passengers have to pay Rs 80 for single trip, earlier it was Rs 75 and Rs 120 for double trip, which was Rs 115 earlier.
There are four toll plazas on Pune-Solapur highway. The light weight vehicle owners have to pay Rs 265 for single trip and Rs 400 for double trips. At Patas toll naka, the vehicles were earlier charged Rs 70 for single trip and Rs 105 for double trips. The light commercial vehicles were paying Rs 110 for single and Rs 170 for double. Now they have to pay Rs 145 for single and Rs 220 for double.
Commenting on the effect of toll tax increase, Surendra Singh, a transport operator said it would increase freight charges. “The intra-state movement of goods like vegetable, pulses and grains will be costlier. This will be offloaded to customers by traders,” he said. “Other than essential commodities, chances of price rise of other commodities cannot be ruled out,” he said.