NASIK: The police will be maintaining a close vigil at the Pimpalgaon toll plaza on November 15, when the revised toll fee of multiaxle vehicles (MAV) registered in Nashik and Malegaon will be collected.
The toll rates have been increased three-fold for MAVs at the plaza at Pimpalgaon on the Mumbai-Agra highway. At present, these vehicles pay a toll fee of Rs 210 and from November 15, they would have to pay Rs 690.
The previous toll revision at the Pimpalgaon toll plaza had seen stiff opposition from the local leaders in May 2015 as the toll fee for single trips of cars, jeeps and other light motor vehicles was nearly tripled then.
After a series of agitations at the toll plaza, the revised toll fee for vehicles registered in Nashik and Malegaon was not implemented. PNG Tollways, who have widened the 60-km stretch from Pimalgaon to Gonde of the the highway, has decided to implement the revised toll fee on multi axle vehicles.
Inspector Dileep Bhagwat of Pimpalgaon police station said, “We have not received request from the toll company with respect to providing police security. A few people and political leaders were furious over the revision in the toll fee. However, we have explained to them that the toll fee is only for MAVs and not other private vehicles. Thus, we feel that their won’t be any problem on November 15. Nonetheless, we will take action in case of any trouble.”
The Pimpalgaon toll plaza has seen many agitations over the levy of the toll fee on vehicles from Nashik and Malegaon. In May, the security personnel at the toll plaza were up in arms against the administration when it was decided to discontinue their services and enter into a contract with another security agency.
A compromised was reached between the security personnel and PNG Tollways after two weeks.