HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Growth Corridor Ltd (HGCL), a wing of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to collect toll from road users on the 15 km stretch between Ghatkesar and Pedda Amberpet of Outer Ring Road (ORR).
Though the stretch was opened for traffic recently no toll was imposed on road users. But now the HMDA has decided to assess the potential and collect toll fee. The move would fetch substantial revenue for the cash starved HMDA.
Ahead of imposing toll, HMDA has decided to conduct a survey to assess the traffic flow and traffic volume on the stretch Pedda Amberpet to Ghatkesar. The urban agency will use portable Automatic Traffic Counter and Classifier (ATCC) systems and video record the movement of vehicles along with a manual survey employing private agencies. It has invited a request for proposal (RFP) in this regard.
HMDA officials told Express that manual survey will be undertaken to know the origin and destination of vehicles with their classification to counter check the data generated by ATCC systems.
They said of total 158 km ORR stretch, about 122 km was open for traffic. The stretch between Ghatkesar to Pedda Amberpet (15) was opened subsequently.
Presently, toll is being collected at 17 interchanges along the 122 km stretch on ORR. The toll is collected according to the NHAI tariff. HMDA authorities said that HGCL wanted to estimate the potential of toll collection on the newly opened stretch between Ghatkesar and Pedda Amberpet.
The selected agency should complete the assignment within seven working days and the contractor should upload the ATCC data on his web server to enable HGCL to access the data remotely.