It has been a highly debated issue, whether collection of toll from vehicle owners should be continued or discontinued. The Maharashtra government has decided to scrap a few of them.
They have decided that 12 toll collection centres in Maharashtra will be scrapped. 53 other toll plaza will exempt collecting money from light motor vehicles and private owned vehicles.
State transport buses, jeeps and and SUVs will be allowed to cross toll plazas without paying. This new rule of exemption was in effect from the 1st of June, 2015 itself.
Maharashtra Government has maintained that all entry points into the state will be accountable for toll. The Mumbai-Pune expressway will still be a toll road and gets no exemption.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra has asked to explore options to shutdown other toll plazas as well. Important roads like the Mulund, Bhandup, Airoli and even Bandra-Worli Sea link could be exempted from toll.
Several individuals and even politicians have protested on having several toll plazas in close vicinity. They also claimed that a substantial amount of time is wasted at toll plazas and affects work goers during rush hours.