Pay extra from Apr 1 for Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Mumbai: Travelling on iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link will become costlier as the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to hike the toll charges by 6-10 per cent for all vehicular categories from Saturday night.

This is for the first time that the state road development authority has revised the toll charges since the 5.6 km-long link was thrown open for vehicular traffic in July 2009.

"Since the commencement of operations on the sea link in 2009, we had not revised the toll charges. As per the government notification, we have revised the charges after three years. The new rates will be applicable till March 31, 2015," a senior MSRDC official said.

While the toll rates for cars, jeeps etc will increase by Rs five to Rs 55 from current Rs 50, heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks, will have to shell out Rs 10 extra over Rs 100 they are paying.

In case of mini-buses, the rates have been increased by over 6 per cent from Rs 75 to Rs 80.

MEP Toll Road, which had earlier bagged the contract for collecting toll, will continue to do so for the next three years, a company official said.

"We have been informed by the MSRDC about the increase in toll charges. We will start collecting the revised toll from April 1," the official said.