Officials, ambulances to go free on Yamuna Expressway

August 10th, 2012 - 12:43 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 9 (IANS) If you feel paying Rs.510 per round trip on your car on the newly opened Yamuna Expressway is steep, then try hitch hiking with any top government functionaries, fire brigades or ambulances as these have free access to the expressway.

According to the expressway builder and operator Jaypee Infratech, vehicles carrying the president, vice president, the prime minister, union and Uttar Pradesh government ministers, chief ministers of other states and visiting foreign dignitaries will also be exempted from paying the toll charges.

Senior members of the judiciary and Uttar Pradesh executive will also be allowed a free way on the new expressway which promises to cut the travel time between New Delhi and Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, by nearly half to around two and a half hours.

Essential services like fire brigades, ambulances and police and armed forces under some exception will also be provided with free travel.

The six-lane 165-km expressway built at the cost of $2.4 billion has a maximum levy of Rs.2.10 per km for a passenger car, one way.

However, tourists, commuters and others should not lose their heart as the toll will come into effect only on Aug 16 after a six-day celebratory waiver.

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