The Maharashtra authorities on Thursday introduced a toll-tax waiver, akin to earlier years, for the general public heading in direction of the Konkan area throughout the annual Ganesh Utsav of their personal automobiles.
Minister for Maharashtra State Street Improvement Company (MSRDC) Eknath Shinde introduced that the toll-tax waiver would kick in two days previous to the Ganesh Utsav, which might be celebrated from August 22, and the aid can be in place two days after the 10-day pageant ends.
Shinde held a gathering by way of video-conference – owing to the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak – with the minister of state for dwelling Shambhuraj Desai and different state officers to finalise the toll-tax waiver.
Motorists must go to their native police station and register their particulars, together with title, handle, car homeowners’ title, car registration quantity, and the date of journey in a bid to avail of the toll-tax waiver that will likely be granted by the issuance of a sticker.
Yearly, hundreds of individuals, who belong to Maharashtra’s Konkan area, go to their villages and cities in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts for the Ganpati pageant.
Individuals heading to Konkan both use the Mumbai-Goa freeway (Nationwide Freeway-66) or go by way of the Mumbai Pune Expressway, or Pune-Kolhapur freeway, which is a toll stretch.
The whole toll tax from Mumbai to Konkan is estimated to be between Rs 500 and Rs 600, relying on the kind of car.
Shinde tweeted after the assembly that like earlier years the state authorities has determined to waive off the toll tax.
“In mild of the Covid-19 outbreak, these travelling to Konkan might want to produce a Covid-19 unfavorable report and an e-pass to journey,” he tweeted.
The state authorities has additionally pressed into service extra Maharashtra State Transport Street Company (MRSTC) buses to ferry individuals to Konkan throughout the pageant.
Passengers travelling by way of MRSTC buses is not going to want an e-pass, however will mandatorily must bear a Covid-19 check 48 hours previous to their journey.
Solely these whose Covid-19 check outcomes come unfavorable will likely be allowed to journey, as per the rules of the state authorities.