Mumbai commute now smoother: Fewer jams at toll nakas after GST eliminates Octroi payments
MumbaI city news: India’s new tax regime may help ease Mumbai’s traffic troubleUpdated: Jul 01, 2017 10:31 IST
India’s new tax regime may help ease Mumbai’s traffic trouble.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST), which came into effect today, abolishes Maharashtra’s Octroi. For motorists, this means fewer jams at the city’s entry and exit points, as the five check nakas where vehicles were stopped to pay Octroi will be dismantled.
Under the Octroi regime, all goods vehicles entering the city had to stop at these check posts, declare the goods they were carrying into the city and pay Octroi.
The Octroi staff would physically examine vehicles if they suspected a driver was misleading them. This resulted in serpentine queues of goods vehicles at Mulund and Mankhurd, affecting the flow of traffic for kilometres into the city.
With the GST roll-out, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will stop collecting Octroi, which means there will be no waiting at the check posts. Octroi check posts in the city currently occupy a little more than 10 hectares of land.
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta has now asked deputy municipal commissioners of the seven zones where these check posts are to send ideas on how these nakas can be used.
There are five nakas in the city — three in Mulund (T ward), two in Dahisar (R North ward) and one in Mankhurd (M/East ward).
While the BMC had planned to turn these nakas into Central Business Districts (CBD), and marked them in the Development Plan (DP) 2034, it is yet to make progress.
With Octroi gone, checking of vehicles may come down. The Mumbai police said it will step up security at the toll nakas to ensure unwanted goods don’t make their way into the city.