Rise in toll rate by Maharashtra govt irks commuters in Thane

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Sep 26, 2020 01:01 AM IST
Copy Link
ByAnkita G Menon, Thane

Commuters and residents from Thane are irked with the state government notification that toll rates will increase at Anandnagar toll plaza along the Eastern Express Highway and LBS Marg, Mulund from October 1.

The one-way toll for a passenger car, which is 35, will increase to 40. In the pandemic situation, when commuters have to rely heavily on the roadways, this increase will bore a major hole in their pockets, claimed Thane residents.

The state government has issued a notification revising rates for toll recovery at the entry points to Mumbai on Thursday.

Shashikumar Nair, chairman of Yatra Samiti, Thane, said: “During this pandemic, when the local trains are not available for the common man to travel on a regular basis, the government should have avoided the hike in toll. It is always the residents of Thane who have to bear the pinch of the toll. Pressurising the common man seems to be the aim now.”

During elections, the main agenda of all political parties was to resolve the toll issue for the residents of Thane. Residents took out various campaigns as well in the past protesting the toll.

Kasber Augustine, citizen activist, said, “Thane residents have to bear these unjust tolls for a long time, it is an added burden for citizens during the pandemic. The least that they could do is to consider giving a return pass. Citizens are cooperating with the government during the pandemic. In return, these are small ways in which the government can reduce the burden, and most are travelling during this period as they do not have much option.”

Jayant Mhaiskar, chairman and managing director of MEP Infra that manages the toll, said, “The toll rate revision is part of a process that takes place every three years as per ruling of the High Court in 2002. As per the notification, we will be implementing the same. It is not introduced newly but a sacrosanct rate. We have already started the process to implement RFID at Vashi toll naka. The same will be implemented at Mulund-Thane toll naka as well gradually. This will also help ease the traffic congestion caused due to toll collection.”

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Commuters move on a road amid monsoon rains, in Mumbai.

    Alert in 6 Maharashtra districts over heavy rain; Mumbai rail, road traffic hit

    Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. Train services and road traffic were disrupted due to heavy rains. Massive waterlogging was reported in prominent areas of the city. Chief minister Eknath Shinde has directed administration in six districts to prepare for shifting residents in flood-prone areas. Massive waterlogging has been reported at Sion Circle in Mumbai. Mumbai local train services and road traffic has been hit due to heavy rainfall.

  • Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (File Photo/Used only for representation)

    Global Livability Index: Bengaluru, ranked 146, scores least among Indian cities

    Bengaluru may have topped the Union government's Ease of Living Index last year, but Karnataka's capital city fared the worst among Indian cities in the Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Index 2022, which was released on June 24. Bengaluru's position in Global Livability Index 2022 For the first time, a total of five Indian cities featured on the list; before 2022, only Delhi and Mumbai were featured.

  • Waterlogging in the Sion area of Mumbai in the wake of heavy rain in the city.

    Mumbai waterlogging nightmare returns with heavy rain| Video, and quick lowdown

    Mumbai has been witnessing heavy rain amid monsoon arrival. As downpour lashed the city on Monday, Mumbai witnessed scenes of waterlogging in several areas. Waterlogging was also reported in the city's Sion area, which disrupted normal life. Waterlogging was also seen at Khandeshwar Railway Station in Navi Mumbai as commuters navigated their way through ankle-deep waters. The weather department has issued an orange alert warning of heavy rain in Mumbai for the next few days.

  • Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. (Image for representational purpose)

    Haryana: Man arrested for attempt to extort 10 lakh in Panipat

    Panipat police have arrested a man for making a ransom call to a local commission agent by posing as a member of Kala Jatheri gang. He had demanded Rs 10 lakh extortion money from the commission agent. The accused has been identified as Ajay of Budha Khera village in Jind. The police said that they have now arrested three persons, including Ajay, Sunil alias Sahil and Akhil, in this case.

  • Karnal police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. (Image for representational purpose)

    Four arrested for stealing copper wires from transformers in Karnal

    Karnal police claimed to have busted a gang involved in theft of copper wires from transformers with the arrest of four of its members. The police said that they have recovered 2.5 quintal of copper wires, one illegal pistol, and three motorcycles from their possession. The accused have been identified as Bilal and Amjad alias Biaggi of Yamunanagar, Vasim Akram of Saharanpur, and Tahir of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, July 05, 2022