A day after the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) started their vehicle count at various toll nakas in the state, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said the common man is not affected by the toll.
“Who pays toll? The common man cannot buy a vehicle. He takes the local train, bus, autorickshaw, scooter or just walks. There is no toll for him,” Pawar said. Pawar was in Thane to campaign for the NCP’s graduates constituency candidate Niranjan Davkhare.
He said that toll was important in order to make and maintain good roads and it couldn’t be done just from the government’s funds.
“Everyone in a particular region should pay toll, be it someone driving in a yellow beacon car or a red beacon car. But this doesn’t get support in the Assembly. I pay toll whenever I go to Baramati,” Pawar said.
He said the government would look into complaints of cheating and malpractice.
Pawar added that the MNS, like every citizen, had the right to know what was happening. But they should not take the law into their hands.