The state government has decided to stay toll tax collection in Kolhapur, and said action would be taken against contractors who have done substandard work.
A government committee is reviewing two reports after which it will work out the amount of penalty to be imposed on Ideal Road Builders, which undertook the Kolhapur road project and collects toll tax. Minister for Public Works Department (Public Undertaking) Eknath Shinde of the Shiv Sena has been asked to head the committee that also comprises senior BJP minister Chandrakant Patil and officials from the PWD and the Maharastra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), besides elected members from different parties.
Shinde said, “The state government has decided to provide relief to commuters by stopping the Kolhapur tax collection. The government has received two reports related to the road work undertaken by the private companies in Kolhapur. The reports suggest there are some issues with the quality of work. It is substandard in some parts, which will have to be re-looked.”
The committee, after studying the reports and consultations with the authorities and the private players involved, will determine the amount that should be charged as fine for substandard work. Apart from penalising the errant private firm for poor quality work, the government also intends to disqualify contractors, if necessary.