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Want coastal road? You may have to pay `1 more for fuel

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s ambitious coastal road plan may end up inflating your fuel bills.

mumbai Updated: Jan 19, 2012 01:05 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan’s ambitious coastal road plan may end up inflating your fuel bills.

A joint technical committee, which submitted its final report to the government on Tuesday recommending the construction of the coastal road, has proposed that a surcharge of Re1 per litre should be imposed on fuel purchased in the city to help maintain the coastal road.

“The committee is of the view that resources could be raised through a minor cess on the petrol and diesel sold in the city,” the panel, headed by municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar, said in its report.

This surcharge will be in addition to the toll tax you will have to shell out to use the coastal road.

“Data collected by the Committee shows that a cess of Re1 on petrol and diesel sold in the city would help raise about Rs100 crore annually. This sum could be used for maintenance of the coastal freeway system,” the committee said in its report.

This is not the first time that Mumbaiites will be burdened by cess to fund infrastructure — you already pay a surcharge of 15 to 20 paise on your fuel to fund the 55 flyovers that were proposed in the city in the late 1990s.