May 30, 2015 2:46:15 am
Driving on most state roads will now be a free zip for motorists. Facing fire over a volte-face on its pre-election promise of banning road toll in the state, the BJP-led government on Friday announced that cars, jeeps, SUVs, and state transport busies will be exempt from paying toll along 53 toll nakas in the state from June 1 onwards.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also declared that 12 other toll nakas in the state, including 11 roads manned by the state public works department and one by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), will be shut down from June 1. While the Fadnavis government had made an announcement in this regard during the budget session of the state legislature in April, an official notification in this regard was issued on Friday.
For the 53 toll nakas, where cars and SUVs will be exempted from paying tax, the government on Friday said directions had been given to set up dedicated two road lanes for movement on the toll-exempted vehicular traffic. Of the 53 toll nakas, 27 are manned by the PWD and 26 others are manned by the MSRDC.
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