Toll waiver at 5 en­try points of Mum­bai set to cost state R 2,021cr

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Suren­dra P Gan­gan suren­dra.gan­gan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Ex­empt­ing mo­torists from pay­ing toll tax at the city’s five en­try/exit points may cost the cash-strapped state govern­ment heav­ily, and it may be forced to dif­fer the de­ci­sion.

The com­mit­tee ap­pointed un­der (now re­tired) ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary of the pub­lic works depart­ment Anand Kulka­rni sub­mit­ted its re­port with var­i­ous op­tions, for the political lead­er­ship to take a call. The BJP had promised a ‘ toll- free Maharashtra’ in its man­i­festo dur­ing the as­sem­bly elec­tions held in Oc­to­ber 2014. Af­ter com­ing to power, the govern­ment had ap­pointed the com­mit­tee to sug­gest mea­sures to ei­ther scrap the toll tax for en­try/ exit at Mum­bai — at Dahisar, Airoli, Vashi, LBS Road and Mu­lund — or to ex­empt small ve­hi­cles from the same.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee’s re­port, the govern­ment will have to pay Rs2,021 crore to buy out the con­tracts.

The op­tion of­fers ex­emp­tion to all heavy as well as light mo­tor ve­hi­cles from pay­ing toll tax.

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