|To avoid escalation of confrontation with opposition parties, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Maharashtra government proposes to come out with a policy on toll. The policy would focus on transparency and end harassment to commuters by contractors.|
The policy is expected to be announced within a fortnight, before implementation of code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections.
As a beginning, the government plans to close down at least 22 toll collection booths, in addition to about 65 which had already been shut. The government proposes to discontinue toll collection on roads constructed with expenditure below Rs. 10 crore.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who met MNS chief Raj Thackeray in presence of a few journalists, announced a slew of decisions.
Chavan said the government was actively considering an audit of disputed toll roads. He promised booths would be demolished on such roads where the toll collection was completed.
According to Chavan, toilets and other facilities would be put in place on toll roads.