With the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) election just about ten days away, the Mira Bhayandar Citizens Action Forum (MBCAF) has demanded scrapping the toll tax at the Dahisar Check/Toll Naka. “We have over 10,000 members and our members will support those candidates or political parties who are for scrapping the toll for owners of four wheelers residing in the Mira-Bhayandar region, said Firoz Khan of the MBCAF.
The MBCAF has also launched a support group on Facebook for Mira-Bhayandar residents who can join the group and voice their support towards the cause. You can
The Goods and Services Tax (GST), which came into effect recently abolished the Maharashtra’s Octroi tax. For motorists, this meant a wee bit of a fewer jams at the city’s entry and exit points, as the five check nakas where vehicles were stopped to pay Octroi will be dismantled.
Under the Octroi regime, all goods vehicles entering the city had to stop at these check posts, declare the goods they were carrying into the city and pay Octroi. However, in spite of scrapping of Octroi the Mira-Bhayandar portion of the Western Express Highway has not seen much of a change in traffic or traffic congestion.
Political parties have been demanding a waiver for vehicles registered in Thane and Palghar districts.
Motorists may be able to enter and exit the northern end of Mumbai without paying a toll, The Asian Age had reported in 2016, but no action seems to be forthcoming in this regard because of the CRZ issues involved.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had proposed to construct a missing link road between Dahisar and Bhayandar which would bring down the 10-km-long traverse through the existing Western Express Highway (WEH).
The 5-km-long missing road will start from the link road in Dahisar (west) and will go up to Bhayandar (west). The proposed stretch will help motorists join the proposed 5.3-km-long Bhayandar-Naigaon sea-link that is planned all the way up to the existing Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway (NH)-8.
“The plan is to construct the link starting from Link Road in Dahisar (west) on the stilts further connecting it with Bhayandar (west) on Uttan Road. The reason behind choosing stilts is owing to the alignment passing through dense mangroves for which clearances from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) and the Union environment ministry will be required, considering that the alignment falls under Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) I and II,” said an MMRDA official. The link is expected to de-congest vehicular traffic at the Dahisar toll naka that is jam-packed during peak hours owing to the heavy vehicles entering and exiting the city from Gujarat and vice-versa.
Further, the proposed link will also facilitate a toll-free ride, proving especially beneficial to vehicles heading towards Water Kingdom and Essel World in Borivali and the Aranala beach in Virar.
“To handle the traffic flow out from this missing link, the internal roads of the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) will also have to be widened to avoid bottlenecks after the construction of the proposed link,” added the MMRDA official.