Updated January 4th, 2024 at 17:16 IST
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road toll charge to be Rs 250
The state government has clearly mentioned that the charges will be applicable only for cars.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday has decided on the toll charges for the upcoming Mumbai Trans Harbour Link Road. The charges for vehicles plying on the new built 22-km-long sea bridge on the Thane creek is likely to be Rs 250, the Republic has learnt. The state government has clearly mentioned that the charges will be applicable only for cars. A high-level meeting in this regard was being chaired by CM Eknath Shinde today.
Revealing how the MTHL will reduced fuel costs for commuters, Minister of Marathi Language of Maharashtra Deepak Vasant Kesarkar told Republic, "This is the longest sea bridge. The consumption of petrol and diesel will be reduced from 7 litres to 1 litre. This will save Rs 500 to 600 rupees for every individual. As per proposal, we have taken huge loan to build this. In order to cover the huge loan amount, Rs 500 could have been charged but in today's Cabinet meet, we decided to fix it to Rs 250 for single journey. This will help Mumbaikars and will help in the growth of Maharashtra."
Taking an indirect jibe on Aditya Thackeray, Kesarkar, without naming him, told, "This is the cheapest rate in India per kilometer. Those who don't understand anything will keep on saying anything without any knowledge. There are people who just want to say anything to get publicity and do politics on it."
Meanwhile RTI Activist, Anil Galgali said, "The toll charges for MTHL has been fixed at Rs 250. On one hand, Rs 2200 crore more is being given to the contractors and on the other hand, the citizens have to bear the brunt of the toll. Due to the election, the toll fee is low. However, one cannot rule out an increase in toll charges after elections.
(With inputs from Sandip Singh)
Published January 4th, 2024 at 13:56 IST