Toll Tax Exemption: Now, your drive is free at 65 toll plazas

12 toll booths scrapped, partial concession at 53 booths and at entry points to Mumbai.

| Mumbai | Published: June 2, 2015 1:27 am
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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has reiterated his commitment to phase out toll tax in Maharashtra while partially exempting it at 53 booths, and completely scrapping it at 12 toll nakas from Monday, June 1.

Cars, jeeps, SUVs and state transport buses will be able to move without shelling out toll taxes at 53 toll booths across the state. The move is expected to benefit lakhs of commuters every day. The government is also considering partial toll tax concession on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link and five entry points toMumbai, besides scrapping of toll collection in Kolhapur.

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A high-level committee looking into financial implications and legal aspects is likely to submit its report by July-end. The decision to lift toll tax from Monday at 65 booths was taken after considering these aspects.

Concerns of people having to shell out toll taxes at entry points to Mumbai and along the Mumbai-Pune Expressway are being weighed. “Ideally, we are in favour of total toll tax free ride in Maharashtra. The decision taken today concerned booths that would not land the administration in legal wrangles,” said Fadnavis. “Where we feel toll tax abolition would have invited a court stay, we are moving cautiously. We are consulting legal experts and would take the decisions accordingly. We are going to phase out toll taxes in the coming years,” he added.

The decision to exempt toll tax at 65 toll booths had evoked questions within the cabinet about its financial implications. The finance ministry was reported to be not in its favour. Besides, the move had been facing opposition from private players. Ahead of the 2014 general and assembly elections, the BJP had promised to get rid of toll taxes if voted to power.

At midnight, state Transport Minister Eknath Shinde waved a flag and let vehicles ply without paying toll at a toll booth in Navi Mumbai.

Out of the 12 toll nakas shut, 11 were manned by the state Public Works Department, and one by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation.

Of the 53 toll nakas where toll tax has been partially exempted, 27 are manned by the PWD and and 26 by the MSRDC.

The government has proposed to dedicate two lanes for vehicles that do not have to pay toll tax.

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    moarif
    Aug 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm
    pehla sara sapna dekhadiya pachi nanu lolipop api didhu
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      Morvin
      Jul 27, 2016 at 3:02 am
      Our Respected Chief Minister has declared the exemption for private cars at almost all toll boths in maharastra except Mumbai entry pionts but still the tolls tax is collected at the toll booth on 1) Taloja - Mumbra road. 2) Old Panvel - Pune highway 3) Lonavala - Pune old highway. 4) Pune - Daund highway. I can provide the toll receipt for the same as a proof also as i travelled myself on these roads recently and was denied exemption as private cars. Can our CM provide the copy of the order implemented for exemption of private cars toll giving details of the exempted toll booth for private cars so that we may not argue at the Toll booths for exemption as declared By our Hon Chief Minister. or atleast provide the Website details from where i can download the list of exempted toll booths.
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        rc
        Jun 3, 2016 at 8:02 am
        It is an fake stunt by BJP. When the election near by all parties foll like this way. Dont trust Same way going by BJP like congress
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          Rajendra
          Jun 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm
          we are not free to go any where, we gotta have to pay government for keeping step at any places.. Why is that so?.. Tolls are just for robbing money from people as you all can see the condition of roads. Petrol and diesel rates are already high and in this, one more thing gets added.. toll.. Devendra Fadnavis ( Chief Minister of Maharashtra) Himself said to make this state toll free and still there are tolls working and collecting money from Private LMV. This totally means one thing... Chief Minister words got NO VALUE.. and Thats a big Shame.
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            Ravi
            Nov 6, 2015 at 3:32 pm
            How many of you agree .... if we are paying road Tex along with new vehicle then why we are paying toll Tex ......
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