Starting from today, motorists using NICE Road, which connects various points between Tumakuru Road and Hosur Road in Bengaluru, will experience an increase in toll fees. The Nandi Economic Corridor Enterprises (NICE) Limited has implemented a hike ranging from 10% to 15%, depending on the category of the vehicle.
Background This toll fee increase comes at a time when residents of Bengaluru have been expressing concerns about slow-moving traffic due to ongoing infrastructure development projects throughout the city. On a daily basis, an average of 80,000-90,000 vehicles utilize NICE Road as a vital transportation link.
Details of Toll Fee Revision Mayukha Devangi, the associate vice-president (toll collection) at NICE Limited, stated that the last revision of toll fees occurred in June 2022. The recent increase is a routine revision, and the fee has been raised by an average of 10% to 15% based on the type of vehicle.
Specific Changes in Toll Fees The toll fee adjustments vary depending on the sections of the 42-km peripheral ring road (NICE Road) between Hosur Road and Tumakuru Road. Here are the updated fees for selected stretches:
- The fee for cars using the 8.7-km stretch between Hosur Road and Bannerghatta Road has been raised from Rs 45 to Rs 50.
- The stretch between Mysuru Road and Magadi Road, covering 9.5 km, now has a toll fee of Rs 55, increased from Rs 45.
- Motorists using the 8.1 km link road will have to pay Rs 60, up from the previous Rs 50.
Changes for Two-Wheelers, Buses, and Trucks For two-wheeler owners, the toll fee has been increased by Rs 2 to Rs 5, depending on the distance. For instance, bikers traveling from Hosur Road to Bannerghatta Road will now pay an additional Rs 5, in addition to the previous Rs 20 collected.
Buses will experience a toll fee hike of up to Rs 20, while trucks will see an increase of up to Rs 15.
Conclusion Motorists using NICE Road in Bengaluru will need to be prepared for an increase in toll fees ranging from 10% to 15% across different vehicle categories. These revisions, implemented by NICE Limited, are a routine adjustment to meet operational requirements. The updated fees will contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of the road infrastructure, although they come at a time when traffic congestion is a concern for the city’s residents.