Toll booths in and around Mumbai have suffered a loss of around Rs40 lakh due to violent anti-toll agitations by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists.
“We are in the process of finalising the inventory of the damages caused to our equipment at the toll plazas at Dahisar, Vashi, Mulund (Anand Nagar), Airoli and Bandra Worli Sea Link. According to a rough estimate, equipment worth Rs40 lakh have been damaged,” said Jayant Mhaiskar, managing director of Mumbai Entry Points Private Limited.
The state has sought a detailed list from the toll agency to take further action, which includes asking the political party to foot the bill for damages caused to public property.
“Toll booth assets are insured, but we do not know if the insurance company also gives cover over political risks,” added Mhaiskar.
In case if MNS refuses to foot the bill of Rs40 lakh and insurance company also refuses the claim, it will mean profits of the toll agency reducing by that much amount.
On Monday and Tuesday, around 13 toll booths were damaged by violent protesters, the damages included computer monitors, printers, display boards, toll cabin, LCD television and CCTV cameras.