The Rs 680 crore project of upgradation of Bengaluru-Bellary Road/NH7 is likely to get slow down due to the recent Devanahalli (Bengaluru) court order which suspended collection of toll on the highway near the trumpet interchange of the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA). It might have come as a relief for road users.
The upgradation project is to ease traffic flow on the 22.12-km stretch of road beginning from Hebbal flyover up to Bachchalli railway gate, beyond the trumpet interchange leading to the airport which will make travel towards the airport much faster. Travellers to BIA and beyond were required to pay a toll fee at the toll plazas erected at Sadarhalli Gate even before the upgradation project has been completed.
A number of associations resisted this move of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), but the plaza became operational in February this year. However, on April 3, a lower court in Devanahalli has stayed the collection of toll fees on the NH-7. Sources in NHAI said that as much as Rs 25 lakh in revenue was collected as toll fees on a daily basis. Officials claim most of this amount was being used to speed up the work for convenience of road users.
A NHAI official said that the halting of toll collection may impact progress of work on the NH as the toll was a way of revenue generation which was being used for the project.