Toll booths to open at all KMP entries, exits

Gurgaon: Come December 15, motorists will have to pay to drive on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal () Expressway. The newly inaugurated expressway will have a closed tolling system — meaning commuters will have to pay only for the distance they will travel along the thoroughfare crossing Gurgaon.
Motorists will be issued a ticket when they enter the expressway through any of the 10 entry-exit points along the 135.6km-long stretch between Palwal and Kundli. They will have to produce the ticket at the exit point and pay for the distance travelled on the expressway. The mechanism is similar to how parking charges are collected at malls.

A private company has been roped in for setting up necessary infrastructure — boom barriers and booths — and collecting toll at every entry-exit point as per the rates fixed by the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC).

Cars will be charged at Rs 1.35/km, light motor vehicles Rs 2.18/km, while trucks and buses will be taxed at Rs 4.98/km. Therefore, a car drive between Kundli and Manesar will cost around Rs 116. Similarly, one driving a light motor vehicle will have to pay Rs 187 for the same distance. “The toll collection will start next Saturday. All booths and barriers will in place by then,” said an HSIIDC official.

Two-wheelers are not allowed on the expressway, and a biker won’t get any insurance or other benefits in case of an accident on the high-speed stretch. “Moreover, the travel will be timed, too, which will establish whether a vehicle overshot the permissible speed limit, and will be penalised accordingly,” the official added. The speed limit is 120kmph for cars and LMVs, and 100kmph for heavy vehicles on the expressway. The corporation has already completed fencing and installation of street lights along the stretch to prevent accidents.

However, plantation along the median and green belt along the roadside are yet to be completed. According to HSIIDC officials, the deadline to finish the pending work is mid-February 2019.

Around two dozen cops — an inspector, four zone officers and 20 traffic personnel including riders — have been appointed for traffic management on the 26km-long stretch of the expressway passing through Gurgaon’s jurisdiction. Also, there are plans to set up a traffic police station near Panchgaon, and traffic booths at Pataudi and Farrukhnagar from where zone officers will monitor their areas. A crane will be provided by HSIIDC to tow away stranded, broken vehicles. Also, there will be one ambulance for accident victims.

While the first leg of the expressway — Palwal to Manesar — was opened to traffic in April 2016, the 83km-long stretch from Kundli to Manesar was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 19.

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