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No respite from bumpy ride on Aarey roads for now

Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 8:00am IST | Agency: dna

Citizens using the Aarey Milk Colony road will have to continue to face a bumpy ride for a longer duration as the proposal to lay a new road has not been approved at the state government level.

In July last year dna had reported about the plans of the Dairy Development Department authorities to lay a new road on built-operate-transfer financial model. A total of 44.45 kms of road network inside the colony is waiting to be resurfaced at an estimated cost of Rs134.53 crore.

Under the proposal, the main roads will be concretized, while other lanes will have an asphalt surface. There are three main roads inside the green belt totalling 7.3 kms.

According to a source, the proposal to have a concrete road was awaiting the nod of the cabinet sub-committee of infrastructure and it had finally come in early February for discussion and approval.

The proposal was sent back for re-examination as majority of the ministers were of the opinion that toll should not be levied once the road is ready. As Aarey Milk Colony falls under the jurisdiction of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, they should make the road and eventually the toll levied should be removed permanently. Currently, Rs5 is charged for two-wheelers and Rs15 for light utility vehicles.

In view of the tirade by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the fact that general elections was only a few months away, politicians are going slow with toll related road proposals.

Even if a fresh proposal without toll charge is prepared, it will be ready only after the Lok Sabha polls.


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