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Maharashtra govt scraps 44 toll plazas

LiveMint logoLiveMint 09-06-2014 Makarand Gadgil

Mumbai: Maharashtra on Monday abolished 44 road toll plazas across the state, a move which will cost the state government Rs306 crore. Of these, 34 are managed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and the rest by the state public works department.

State finance minister Ajit Pawar made the announcement during his reply to a debate on the state budget.

Road toll has been in the limelight in Maharashtra recently, with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) staging an agitation across the state in February to protest against it. The Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine has said it would make Maharashtra a toll-free state if it won the upcoming Assembly elections.

The minister also announced his decision to exempt state transport buses from toll payment at the rest of the toll plazas.

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