Toll Gates sign Chennai OMR — 'Toll' anniversary of Tolls @ OMR
Hi, This is Karthik, a Chennaite, a Tax Payer and a Software Professional. I work in Steria India Limtied, Siruseri IT Park, Kelabakkam, Chennai and live in Adambakkam. This would mean I have to suffer the ignominy of waiting at the tolls twice once in Thoraipakkam and again in Navular.
Often and from the first day after the toll was introduced on the OMR stretch, bad planning and inadequate facilities hampered the smooth flow of traffic on the IT Corridor.
Further, a now familiar story of failure of the computerized system supported by a shortage of personnel at the four toll gates (Boss, I am merely talking quantity and not quality), resulting in manual issuance of tickets worsen the already tempered heads every morning and evening, leading to delays.
Hundreds of vehicles line up along the 3-km stretch between SRP Tools and Perungudi main toll plaza awaiting clearance at the toll entrance to proceed. It will be a similar scene at the toll plazas in Thoraipakkam, Sholinganallur and Navallur.
The passersby have learned to live with the wonder ‘why are they collecting tolls after all we have to already pay quite heavily to our Ortho’s? Traveling in these god forsaken roads.
Of course there are freebies on offer, the OMR is a wildlife Sanctuary and it will be like a Safari in the wild and Roller coaster. Cows, Cattles, Horses, Goats, dogs and drunkards everything for your view and your joy. Yes, the joy of having to spend Rs. 43,000 to my car cried my friend who met with an accident with a cow. The misery do not there, another friend got beaten for running over a goat lying in the middle of the road at middle of the night. I have two and there should be hundred such stories.
Traffic congestion will commence as early as 7.30 am on the entire OMR stretch. Bikes, autos, cars, buses and trucks sometimes have to wait for more than three hours to cross the main toll plaza at Perungudi. As a result, many students traveling on college buses will have to miss the classes while most software companies located on OMR will have to have a delayed start.
Each day, more than 20,000 cars, 7,500 auto rickshaws (including share autos), 3,000 LCVs, 3,000 buses, 2,500 trucks, and 30,000 two-wheelers pass through the main toll plaza in Perungudi that has 10 lanes. Handling such huge numbers of vehicles will continue to pose a big challenge at the toll plazas.
Tolls will celebrate their first anniversary in a month’s time and the authorities have remained retardant and have failed to learn to grow at least with times.
Many vehicle users, especially private company buses, felt that without completion of road work (TNRDC is yet to complete laying storm water drains, ducts for multiple cable lines and service lanes), it was unfair to start collecting toll. It is a software professional cry “Before implementing such an exercise, TNRDC should have studied existing toll systems worldwide, operated by MNCs such as Toll Collect and Easy Collect,”
“The toll charges are very high. Being an employee in a software company on the IT Corridor does not mean that we have to sell out our hard-earned money every time we travel. Don’t the taxes we pay every year to the government not include the cost of this road-laying work?”
Wait a time minute, we are exhausted shouting this.
It’s a ‘toll’ anniversary of taking our tolls and I am commencing the cry of ‘we deserve better` for the Rs 17, we pay for cars/jeeps, Rs 6 for three-wheelers, Rs 28 for light commercial vehicles, Rs 44 for buses, and Rs 66 for trucks and Rs 132 for multi-axle vehicles.
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