Noida, March 9 (IANS) The Noida-Greater Noida Expressway will cease to be toll-free from Sep 30, the Uttar Pradesh government said Tuesday.
The government, in a notification, has included the 21.5-km-long stretch into the toll road category. A car commuter will have to pay Rs.18 for the journey on the road.
It also said the toll rate applicable on all toll roads in Uttar Pradesh will be on per-kilometre basis.
A car commuter will have to pay Rs.0.80 paisa per km; a Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) owner will have to pay Rs.1.30 paisa per km, a bus owner will have to pay Rs.2.75 paisa per km, a seven-axle vehicle will have to pay Rs.4.30 paisa per km and heavy vehicle travellers will have to pay Rs.5.25 per km to travel on toll roads in the state.
The Noida-Greater Noida Expressway would be clubbed with the Yamuna Expressway, which opens for commuters September 30, said Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO)-Yamuna Expressway Authority, R.K. Singh.
Former state minister Nawab Singh Nagar, in a hurriedly called press conference, criticised the government’s decision and announced a mass agitation against the move.
Nagar argued that the local farmers alongside the Expressway would be unable to bear the toll. The way to their farm lands would be restricted, and hence, they would oppose the move, he added.