Not only the private vehicle owners who are feeling the pain of rising toll charges on highways, but also the passengers who are using public transport too as transport corporations have passed on the burden to them by increasing bus charges.
A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) official said, “5 years ago, we were paying ₹45 crore annually and now it has rise up to ₹67 crore. On all the highways, toll is subject to an upward revision every year and the burden gets transferred to the passengers.”
The KSRTC pays over ₹67 crore annually as toll, while the BMTC shells out ₹3.5 crore to ₹4 crore to ply its buses on toll roads such as Hosur Road, Tumakuru Road, and Ballari Road that connects to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).
“For instance, each BMTC bus plying via Sadahalli toll gate on Ballari Road pays over ₹800 as toll a day. The daily revenue of most of the buses on this route is ₹3,000 to ₹4,000, and a good part of it goes into paying the toll,” said a BMTC official.
A Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) official said, “This is the first time we are paying for the use of the State highway. It is high time the authorities exempted public transport from paying Toll.”
Those living in and around Marasandra village on Ylahanka–Doddaballapur Road have been opposing toll collection. People have accused authorities of facilitating toll collection without completion of work and not providing a service road.
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