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