Promising more transparency in the toll policy, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced Sunday that the government will soon install electronic systems at toll plazas across the state to monitor collections.
Fadnavis was speaking at a civic function to mark the shutting down of nine toll plazas in and around Kolhapur, 250 km from Pune. Residents of Kolhapur city and district had for long been protesting against toll collection.
Fadnavis said the electronic system will register every vehicle that passes through the toll plaza automatically and upload it to a server with the state government. “It will make toll collection more transparent and leave no scope for manipulation. The government will claim 90% once the amount stipulated in the agreement is collected. This money will be used for development,” Fadnavis said.
He criticised the toll policy of the previous (Congress-NCP) government, saying it made a few people rich at the cost of the public at large. “It is the main reason why people are opposing toll in Maharashtra. It is not seen in other states,” Fadnavis said, adding that the government will soon come out with a new, comprehensive policy to ensure that toll does not go into the pockets of a few, but is used for development instead.