User fee collection is being done smoothly at NHAI Lakhanpur Fee Plaza in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ajay Kumar Rajak, Project Director, NHAI, PIU-Jammu informed that full cooperation is being extended by the public as well as Administration of UT of J&K in running the recently commenced Lakhanpur Fee Plaza in District Kathua on Pathankot-Jammu National Highway NH-44 from July 21.
He further informed that as result of successful commencement of Thandikhui and Lakhanpur Fee Plazas, a lot of developments works on the existing NH-44 which were previously not being approved due to non-functional toll plazas will start very soon which include construction of service road and new bridge at Golden Gate at Lakhanpur, construction of flyover (VUP) at Palli Morh, installation of solar lights and solar blinkers on vulnerable junctions from Lakhanpur to Kunjwani, construction of flyover (LVUP) at Chichi Mata Temple and extension of service road at Maheshwar, construction of new 3-lane bridge at SIDCO Chowk Samba (Basanter Bridge).
Moreover DPR of Delhi-Katra Expressway is in progress and land acquisition for the same has already been started. Six lanning of Vijaypur-Kunjwani Satwari-Jammu Airport Stretch will be developed as spur of Delhi-Katra Expressway.
Apart from these certain other works as part of DPR for balance works is under consideration of NHAI HQ New Delhi for tendering in this financial year and Value Addition DPR involving flyovers/grade separation at Hatli Morh, Kalibari, Dayalachak, Samba, Supwal etc is under progress, Rajak informed.
He informed that the local people have started availing the facility of monthly pass.
Ish Gupta, Nodal Officer Lakhanpur Fee Plaza informed that any person, who owns a mechanical vehicle, residing within a distance of 20 kilometers from the Fee Plaza can avail this facility by paying Rs 275 per month through FASTag for which copy of RC and Identity Proof with same address are required. Further, if vehicle has been brought at some other place (address on RC not within 20 Km from Toll Plaza but person currently residing within 20 Km of Toll Plaza), then monthly pass facility can be availed by providing identity proofs of current residence as well as electricity and utility bills of the current address for proof of residence, Gupta added.
On return journey within 24 hours the FASTag account is automatically debited with half the applicable toll rate on returning. Commercial vehicles registered in the same District i.e. Kathua will be charged 50 per cent of the toll rates (except vehicles plying on National Permit). All discounts are available through FASTag only. Also, through FASTag commuters can save time, fuel and pollution can be avoided, Gupta stated.