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Southern Expressway toll fees under four categories

The Road Development Authority (RDA) has announced the toll fees to be levied on vehicles plying on the Southern Expressway which is the country's first Expressway running from Colombo to Galle.

Toll charges will be levied in four categories for all vehicles. The access controlled Expressway has eight interchanges at Kottawa, Kahatuduwa, Gelanigama, Dodangoda, Welipenna, Kurundugahahethakma, Baddegama and Pinnaduwa.

"Vehicles would be allowed to enter or exit the Expressway only through the interchanges," the RDA Spokesman said.

Cars, dual purpose vehicles and light motor trucks will come under the first category for which Rs. 100 will be levied from Kottawa to Kahathuduwa, Rs. 150 from Kottawa to Gelanigama, Rs. 200 from Kottawa to Dodangoda, Rs. 250 from Kottawa to Welipenna, Rs. 300 from Kottawa to Kurundugahahethakma, Rs. 350 from Kottawa to Baddegama and Rs. 400 from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa.

Light Motor Coaches including passenger transporting vans with more than nine seats and passenger transporting buses with between nine and thirty three seats which fall under the second category will be charged a fee of Rs. 200 from Kottawa to Kahathuduwa, Rs. 200 from Kottawa to Gelanigama, Rs. 400 from Kottawa to Dodangoda, Rs. 400 from Kottawa to Welipenna, Rs. 600 from Kottawa to Kurudugahahethakma Rs. 600 from Kottawa to Baddegama and Rs. 700 from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa.

Heavy vehicles, including buses with more than 33 passenger seats, lorries and trucks with two axles and six wheels and lorries and trucks with three axles will come under the third category for which a toll charge of Rs. 300 will be made from Kottawa to Kahathuduwa, Rs. 300 from Kottawa to Gelanigama, Rs. 600 from Kottawa to Dodangoda, Rs. 700 from Kottawa to Welipenna, Rs. 1000 from Kottawa to Kurundugahahethakma, Rs. 1200 from Kottawa to Baddegama and Rs. 1500 from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa.

Under the fourth category, which includes heavy vehicles including heavy motor coaches and heavy motor lorries with four axles will be levied a toll charge of Rs. 400 from Kottawa to Kahathuduwa, Rs. 400 from Kottawa to Gelanigama, Rs. 800 from Kottawa to Dodangoda, Rs. 1000 from Kottawa to Welipenna, Rs. 1500 from Kottawa to Kurundugahahethakma, Rs. 1800 from Kottawa to Baddegama and Rs. 2000 from Kottawa to Pinnaduwa.

Vehicle owners are to be notified on the standards required by the vehicles to be on the expressway.

At the initial stage, toll charges will be collected manually and tickets issued.

Toll collecting centers would operate 24 hours a day. He said tickets would be issued for vehicles at entry points, while road users would have to pay the toll fees at the exit points of the Expressway.

He further said that arraignments have been made to introduce an electronic card system for vehicle users of the Southern Highway to settle their toll fees under the second stage.

The Southern Expressway, linking Colombo with Galle in the Southern Province is to be declared open on November 27, 2011 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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