Mumbai: There’s good news for motorists in Maharashtra as the state government has decided to do away with 44 toll plazas in the state. The announcement was made by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in the state assembly on Monday. However, none of these tolls are within Mumbai city limits.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters, “We had tried to formulate a policy before Lok Sabha elections. The PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal had announced this as well. Whichever toll is in its final phases and where only little money is left, we are trying to cancel the toll.”
“We have decided and passed orders after discussing with developers how much we need to pay the developer to stop the toll. The Public Works Department (PWD) and Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) have given us their view point. We have now decided to shut 44 toll collection plazas. The government will have to payÂ Rs 309 crore to the developers but the common man will benefit from this,” the chief minister added.Â