Ekm-Thrissur NH travel to cost more

July 7, 2014

TNN | Jun 25, 2014,

KOCHI: Travel on the Edappally-Angamaly-Mannuthy stretch of the NH 47 got expensive from Tuesday midnight.Guruvayur Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, the firm which constructed the highway, increased the toll rates after it recently received a favourable order from the high court.

According to the revised rates, private light motor vehicles are charged Rs 65 for a single trip at the Paliyekkara toll plaza. A two-way trip will cost Rs 95. The monthly pass rate, too, has been increased to Rs 1,890 from the earlier Rs 1,790

Light commercial vehicles will have to pay Rs 110 for a single trip, and Rs 165 for two-way trip. The monthly charge has been raised to Rs 3,305 from Rs 3,130.

In the case of heavy vehicles like buses and lorry, operators will have to pay to Rs 220 for a single trip and Rs 330 for two way.

Vehicles with multi-axles will have to pay Rs 355 instead of Rs 335 for single trip. Two-way will cost Rs 530.

Based on a Central government notification, the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) company Guruvayur Infrastructure, was to implement the revised rate in September 2013.

However, the decision was not implemented following public ire and a stay order by the Thrissur district collector. The Kerala high court on June 4 quashed the collector’s order.

Following the hike, various political parties took out protest rallies on Tuesday. CPM, CPI and BJP said they would launch separate protest programmes till the hike is cancelled.

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