Citizens oppose toll booth reopening at Moshi on Pune-Nashik highway

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The residents are complaining about the decision of collecting ₹ 315 monthly for a 20-km distance.

Moshi: The Moshi toll booth located near the Indrayani river was closed for a few months but now after the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) decision to make the Pune-Nashik Highways four lanes, the tax collection has restarted.

The residents are complaining about the decision of collecting ₹315 monthly for a 20-km distance. The authority has released a public statement in this regard which said that the taxes will be collected from people for the next one year.

“The toll booth’s time period of collecting tax is over, but now they have resumed it by stating the road will be made into four lanes. Although the construction work of the road has not begun, the tax collection has resumed. The tax collection should be stopped until the construction work begins and should not be collected from Pimpri Chinchwad residents. We will be writing a letter regarding this to National Highway Authority of India authority and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde,” said Sanjeevan Sangle, chairman of Chikhali Moshi Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Society Federation.

The citizens are complaining that they already have to face traffic congestion in the area and now after the tax will be collected, they have to face the financial burden as well. On the other hand, many villages will be affected due to toll collection and financial burden of paying ₹315 every month. Whereas, this national highway has potholes and at few places the condition of road is bad and this needs a solution.

Deepak Modhave Patil, president, BJP Transport Cell, Pimpri Chinchwad said that the reinstating the toll plaza at Moshi is completely wrong. We have written to the NHAI informing the disagreement to pay the toll taxes. The stretch between Rajgurunagar, Chakan and Nashik Phata is under construction since long. The delayed and incomplete work is causing severe inconvenience to the residents due to severe traffic congestion. A distance of 4 kms takes around 45 minutes to cross. When the toll plaza was shut down the traffic was normalised to a great extent but again from January 5, 2023 the toll has been reinstated.

Therefore, there is a strong demand that the National Highway Authority should close the toll booths and stop the looting of the local citizens. Otherwise, the local citizens and society members will come together to protest against the administration.

Mrunal Jadhav

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