BANGALORE: While the Electronics City elevated flyover has proved a time-saver for many, regular users will now have to shell out more to use the stretch. The Bangalore Elevated Tollway Limited (BETL) is all set to hike the toll from July 1.
There will be an increase of Rs. 5 in fares for a single trip and a daily pass. The proposed rates of a monthly pass for two-wheelers is Rs. 535, Rs. 1,335 for four-wheelers and Rs. 1,865 for mini-buses. “A single trip for a two-wheeler will now cost Rs. 20 and a daily pass Rs. 30. For cars and jeeps, it is Rs. 45 and Rs. 70, respectively,” said a BETL employee.
Though the elevated highway helps commuters avoid the congestion in areas around Silk Board, the proposed fare hike has not gone down well with many.
“They (BETL) have been increasing the fare every year when we only expect a marginal increase after four years of the highway being open,” said Rama, CEO, Electronics City Industries Association.
Maintaining that the hike should be minimal, she said the increase will be justified if BETL offers better service and reduces the waiting time for pass-holders at the toll gate.
The previous rates were Rs. 15 for a single trip for a two-wheeler and Rs. 25 for a daily pass.
For four-wheelers, it was Rs. 40 and Rs. 65 respectively and for mini-buses it was Rs. 60 and Rs. 90 respectively.