New Delhi: Even as the Delhiites are still coming to terms with the latest hike of petrol and milk prices, the MCD's decision to hike the toll rates for commercial vehicles entering the national capital is going to add extra burden on them.

The burden of such hikes is indirectly borne by the people. The change of rate becomes effective from Monday morning.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has hiked the fare of commercial vehicles entering Delhi by 17.5 percent. The previous hike was done over three years back.

Around 121 booths across all Delhi borders will charge the increased fare from Monday.

Commercial vehicles like taxi and tempo will have to shell out Rs 45 per entry. Earlier, they were charged Rs 30.

Similarly, toll tax for vehicles like trucks and buses has been increased from Rs 70 to Rs 80 per entry.

The civic agency has formed five categories for tax collection. The rates range from Rs 45 to Rs 820 per entry. The category is also for monthly pass holders.

However, ambulances, police, fire brigade and government cars with red light entering the capital continue to be out of the toll tax net.

MCD Assistant Commissioner (Toll Tax), Vinay Kumar said the toll tax have been revised after three years. All aspects were taken into account so as to avoid any problem.

In 2007, when BJP was in power in MCD, the contract of toll tax collection was handed over to Sahara Global. The company used to pay Rs 80 crore every year to the MCD.

The contract with Sahara Global came to an end on Sunday. On April 30, the MCD entered into a three-year contract with MMS Infrastructure for toll tax collection. The company will pay Rs 312 crore every year to the civic agency.

JPN/Bureau