State notifies toll rise is periodical, levied against recovery of maintenance cost of bridging structures.
The toll charges of Mumbai are all set to witness a spike by 18% at all entry and exit booths, at Vashi, Mulund, Airoli, LBS Nagar and Dahisar, 1st October onwards. These revised rates have risen as a recovery in correspondence to the cost of flyovers, bridges, subways, road development and maintenance. The one-way toll for a car which was previously priced at ₹35 will stand to ₹40 from the coming Thursday!
Heavy tolls coming up for Mumbai
The state government notification stated a rough 18% rise in the entry-exit toll charges for Capital Mumbai. For light commercial vehicles (LCVs), the toll has been increased by ₹10 one-way to ₹65, for trucks and buses, a ₹25 increment would be levied each way, the total toll being ₹130 each way. The tolls for Multi-axle vehicles (MAVs), will increase by ₹25, to ₹160. As notified in the state circular, the toll rate undergoes a periodic revision every 3 years, making these new rates applicable till September 2023 in Mumbai. Interestingly, the previous rate of ₹35 for a car, however, has remained unchanged for 6 years, that is, for two periodic cycles.
These entry-exit tolls in Mumbai were levied in 2002, at various checkpoints which were extended through 2010 under the guise of maintenance. This contract at Vashi, Mulund, Airoli, LBS Nagar and Dahisar will continue till September 2027. As per estimates, the Mumbai Entry Point Toll Ltd (MEPL) is expected to mint around ₹11,500 crore by the end of this tenure in 2027. This amount has been calculated to be over 10 times the cost of all over-head expenses, bank interest loans and maintenance cost against which they have been imposed.
The rise in toll charges to enter-exit Mumbai may generate a cascading effect to the common man, especially for those who are engaged in an everyday commute to the city from the neighbouring districts and sub-districts. The surge, in the middle of a crashing economy and raging pandemic, may assist the state to revive its losses, however, the plight of the taxpayer is being ignored.