Responding to Sachin Tendulkar’s concern over toll taxes, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devandra Fadnavis on Friday said that the state government would look into the problems being faced by the commuters due to toll tax.
“We have taken note of his (Tendulkar’s) letter. I assure the House that we will overcome in a transparent way the legal hurdles to bring an end to toll plazas,” Fadnavis said in the the Maharashtra Legislative Council.
Tendulkar, a Mumbaikar himself, said in the letter written in his capacity as a member of Rajya Sabha, “I would sincerely request you to kindly reconsider the model of operations to reduce the physical and mental toll on citizens who travel in and out of Mumbai.”
Fadnavis said that the government was committed to clear the legal hurdles in shutting down the toll collection plazas in the state. “While we were reviewing the agreements of major toll operators, we were shocked on finding that there was no ‘buy back’ clause. We have initiated an inquiry into this and will go to the court if necessary,” the Chief Minister added.