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The move has been unpopular with residents who complain that the OMR stretch has not been well maintained.
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Come July 1, be prepared to shell out a higher toll fee along Chennai’s Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway or OMR as it's popularly known.

According to a report in The Hindu, commuters will now have to pay Rs 27 for a single trip. Earlier, it was Rs 25.

According to a Tamil Nadu Road Development Company press release, quoted by media outlets, a Light Commercial Vehicle would have to pay Rs 45, as opposed to Rs 41 in the past. Buses have to pay Rs 71, as opposed to Rs 65 in the past. Trucks see a Rs 10 increase, having to pay Rs 107 instead of the existing Rs 97. Multi axle vehicles now have to pay Rs 213 as opposed to Rs 193 in the past.

The move, which comes into force for a two-year period, has faced objections from the public. According to a report in the Times of India, the corporation reportedly said that this was a routine move, to be undertaken every two years.

The 20-km stretch, from Madhya Kailash to Siruseri is the heart of the IT sector in Chennai.

Nearly 1.5 lakh vehicles ply on the roads on a daily basis, according to TOI.

Disgruntled residents, most of whom work in the IT companies along the stretch have complained that the hike will only keep private cab aggregators away as they would not like to spend money on the toll each time.

Many others have complained about paying increasing tolls for poorly serviced roads along the corridor, in addition to inefficient service at the toll booths.

"Telecom companies and civic bodies keep digging the service roads, but we are blamed for their bad condition," One TNRDC official told ToI.

According to other reports, the state is reportedly planning to an elevated corridor along the OMR stretch in order to cut down travel time during peak hours from 75 minutes to 20 minutes.

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