Provide a report about the Mumbai-Pune Expressway toll collection: Bombay HC

MSDRC and the contractors have been collecting toll on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway even after the recovery of the pre-decided amount in the contract. On which, the Bombay High Court has asked the government to produce a report on the toll collection during the next hearing.

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In response to the PIL filed by a group of toll researchers, the Bombay High Court has directed the state government to submit a report about the Mumbai-Pune Expressway toll collection till date. The toll researchers had filed the PIL since the pre-decided toll amount was recovered in November 2016 and the government was still collecting toll from the vehicles on the expressway. The High Court promptly directed the state government to submit the toll collection report. 

The toll recovery of ₹2869 crore was pre-decided as the cost of making the road by the contractors and the state government was the same. The recovery was decided to continue till March 2019 as per the contract but the toll naka managed to collect the amount by November 2016.

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However, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), state government and contractors still continued collecting the toll. In response, toll researchers from Pune, Praveen Wategaonkar, Srinivas Ghanekar, Sanjay Shirodkar, Vivek Velankar, took up the task to inquire about the toll collection.

After which, they approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau and the High Court. During the hearing last week, the court asked the state government to make a decision within nine weeks about whether they will collect the toll or stop it. So, the government’s final stance on the toll collection would be clear after nine weeks.

However, the court has taken a firm stand against the issue and has asked the government to submit a report about the toll collection so far.

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