Similarly, the rates for commercial vehicles have been increased from Rs 225 to Rs 245. The toll however will not be charged from Sarai Kale Khan to Dasna, but vehicles exiting at Meerut will be charged for the entire distance they travel on the expressway. The ban on two-wheelers and other slow-moving vehicles will remain on the high-speed corridor, however, according to TOI.
The Delhi-Meerut Expressway stretches for 59.77 kilometers from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to Partapur in Meerut with the last toll plaza being located at Kashi. “The decision whether or not to introduce a toll on the DME has finally been made. As expected, the rates have been increased from those published in December last year,” a senior NHAI official told TOI.
Under the revised tariffs, cars, SUVs, vans and other private light motor vehicles must pay Rs 155 to use the Sarai Kale Khan to Meerut section of the highway. For light commercial vehicles, including minibuses, toll rates on the said stretch have been set at Rs 245. Buses and two-axle trucks will have to pay Rs 520 to drive on the same stretch, while it is Rs 990 for oversized vehicles with seven or more axles.
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According to NHAI, the annual toll potential on the highway is estimated at around ₹111.39 crore, with cars/jeeps/light motor vehicles accounting for around 82% of traffic and buses/trucks accounting for 14%.
The DME is a controlled access highway accessible from seven locations: Sarai Kale Khan, Indirapuram, Dundahera, Dasna, Rasoolpur Sikrod, Bhojpur and Kashi Toll Plaza.