Toll rates are going to increase on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway connecting two important cities of Maharashtra. Toll rates on this expressway will increase by 18 percent from April 1. A senior official of the Maharashtra Road Transport Department said that toll rates are increased by 6 per cent every year by the department, but it is implemented simultaneously in three years. In this way, toll tax is increasing by 18 percent. Due to the increase in toll tax, the passengers will now have to pay more than before.
Private car drivers will now have to pay Rs 320 for one way on this 94 kilometer long expressway. Currently, car drivers have to pay a toll tax of Rs 270. Car drivers will have to spend a total of Rs 360 on this route. Out of this Rs 320 will be toll and then an additional charge of Rs 40 has to be paid at Vashi. Due to the increase in toll tax, the fares of taxis and buses on the routes of Mumbai and Pune may also increase. Bus and taxi drivers are expected to pass on the burden of increased toll tax on the passengers.
Transport says that we will have to put the burden of increased toll tax on the passengers. Transporters say that our earnings were already disrupted due to the Corona crisis and now the increased toll tax has created new difficulties for us. Pune District Luxury Bus Association Balasaheb Khedekar said, ‘If toll tax is going to increase then its effect will be seen on us also. Operational cost will increase. Significantly, lakhs of people travel on the Mumbai-Pune route every day. In such a situation, all these people will be affected by the increase in toll tax. This expressway is considered as the lifeline connecting two important cities of Maharashtra.
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