Toll Collection Controversy | Toll Troubles Eased: Government Assures Revocation and Surveillance
MNS and Government Collaborate to Ease Toll Woes, Cameras to Keep Watch
NpNews24 Online – Toll Collection Controversy | In a pivotal meeting at Raj Thackeray’s residence, significant decisions regarding the toll issue were reached, bridging the gap between the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the state government. The meeting, attended by officials and Minister Dada Bhuse, has set in motion measures to address concerns related to toll plazas in the region.(Toll Collection Controversy)
During a joint press conference, Raj Thackeray announced that the Maharashtra government had pledged to revoke the recent toll hike within a month. In addition, the government will install cameras at all entry points to monitor vehicle movements, an initiative that will also be augmented by the MNS’ camera network. This collective effort aims to track the number of vehicles passing through toll booths.
Under the new directives, no vehicle will be delayed at a toll booth for more than 4 minutes. In instances where the queue extends beyond 200 to 300 meters on the yellow line, all cars beyond that point will be exempt from toll charges. Raj Thackeray revealed that a police presence will be maintained at these checkpoints to enforce the four-minute rule.
The toll controversy, which escalated following an increase in toll rates at five entry points in Thane, sparked protests led by Avinash Jadhav. In response, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis clarified that the hike did not apply to four-wheelers and three-wheelers. Raj Thackeray, however, pointed out that the promised facilities and infrastructure improvements had not been adequately implemented.
As a result, the government and the MNS will install cameras at the entry points over the next 15 days to monitor the traffic and ascertain the number of vehicles passing through the toll booths.
During the meeting, Raj Thackeray also emphasized the need for structural audits of flyovers as stipulated in the toll agreements, proposing that these audits be conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT Mumbai).
Addressing the toll issue more broadly, Raj Thackeray called for the cancellation of 15 old tolls before October 29. He also urged investigations into Mumbai Entry Points, Bandra Sealink, and the Expressway by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CoG). Additionally, he advocated for discounted passes for residents living near toll plazas, considering the substantial tax collections and the need for improved road infrastructure in the region.
Furthermore, Raj Thackeray expressed his intention to engage in discussions with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to address concerns related to national highways. The meeting represents a significant step towards resolving the ongoing toll disputes and enhancing the quality of road infrastructure in Maharashtra.
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