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BMC demands abolition of toll at Mumbai's entry and exit points

Mumbai's civic body's standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale has written to the Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan demanding the state government abolish toll on vehicles at entry and exit points in the city.

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday asked Maharashtra government to abolish toll on vehicles at entry and exit points in the city. This demand was raised by BMC standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale in his letter to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Rahul Shewale

BMC standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale. File Pic

"The state government has collected toll in lieu of other projects done by them. However, the BMC which maintains the city roads does not collect toll in any form", Shewale said.

The state government should provide relief to the citizens by doing away with the road tax, he added.

"However, it is the state government and not the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is collecting toll when vehicles enter the city", Shewale added.

The protests for abolition of toll have become stringent with the suspected Shiv Sena activists damaging and torching a number of toll booths in Western Maharashtra city of Kolhapur recently.

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