Maharashtra: Mumbai Motorists Heading to Pune, Konkan, Nashik 'Still Forced to Pay Toll' Despite Govt Announcing Waiver Ahead of Ganpati Festival

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Since large number of Mumbai residents head back to their villages on the occasion of Ganeshotsav, MSRDC Minister Eknath Shinde had announced a toll waiver last week.

Mumbai, Sept 12: Motorists from Mumbai heading to Pune, Nashik and Konkan are still forced to pay toll despite the government announcing a waiver from September 10-14 and on September 23 in wake of the Ganpati festival.

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Since large number of Mumbai residents head back to their villages on the occasion of Ganeshotsav, MSRDC Minister Eknath Shinde had announced a toll waiver last week.

The waiver was aimed at not only providing monetary relief to commuters -- who are burdened by the unprecedented surge in fuel prices -- but also to decrease congestion on the route.

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Since the 84-km Panvel-Indapur stretch of Mumbai-Goa Highway is yet to be completed, the government decided to allow a free-flow at toll nakas to compensate for the congestion caused by the pothole-ridden roads.

The three tolls on the Konkan route, which were ordered not to charge the motorists are: Khalapur naka on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, Vashi toll naka and Urse naka. Meanwhile, four toll nakas on the Pune-Kolhapur were instructed not to levy the charge on motorists.

Commuters, while speaking to reporters, said the toll nakas on Mumbai-Pune e-way and Goa Highway said they have not received a written order from the state government to waive off the charges.

The Maharashtra government is yet to respond to the complaints registered by the motorists. A senior Public Works Department official, while speaking to reporters, said they are looking into the issue.