CHENNAI: Travelling on highways is likely to become costly from April 1 with the toll fee being revised for 21 plazas in Tamil Nadu by three per cent.
According to National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), highways coming under the purview of revision include Chennai - Bengaluru, Chennai - Tiruchirappalli and Tiruchirappalli - Karaikudi roads. “This year, the revision in toll charges would be between two and three per cent. It will be effective from April 1,” a senior NHAI official said. The annual revision is calculated based on the Wholesale Price Index in December of the current fiscal and base rate of each category of vehicles using a formula introduced in 2008, sources added.
Of the total 44 toll plazas in Tamil Nadu, the hike would be implemented in 21. “The remaining 23 toll plazas would have revision in September, as the revision is calculated in these plazas during the second half of the year,” the official added.
Truckers have questioned the rationale behind the toll fee hike, saying charges are being raised without upgrading the facilities.