Published On : Sat, Feb 7th, 2015

Toll-free Maharashtra concept is not just poll promise claims CM Fadnavis


Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis clarified that the “Toll-free Maharashtra” is a concept that will be translated into reality and not just an election promise of the BJP, Maharashtra on February 7, 2015.

While speaking to media persons on the completion of 100 days of BJP government coming to power, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis claimed that the government’s opinion was that high amounts of toll should be scrapped.

The CM added that the toll agreements are often one-sided and there are no buy-back clauses. He said that they are now probing these agreements. They are on the way to making a toll-free Maharashtra with a few toll posts that will be scrapped soon, Fadnavis asserted.

The Chief Minister also lashed at the opposition for terming the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government a ‘U-turn regime’ over the issue, and alleging that the party is going back on its own poll promise of making the Maharashtra State toll-free.

CM Devendra Fadnavis hit out at the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party regime for the ongoing spate of farmers’ suicides, particularly in his home region of Vidarbha.

The CM claimed that they inherited the reins of a State which was in a bad condition due to miss-governance, lack of policy making and paralysis in implementing decisions in the past 15 years.

The CM added that there was no investment in the agriculture sector and irrigation projects were left incomplete due to corruption at many levels. We have already distributed Rs. 2,000 crore as compensation aid and a further Rs. 2,500 crore is soon going to be disbursed.

Fadnavis said he would like to assure the people, that in the past 100 days, his government has accelerated many important decision-making, created a positive atmosphere all round, with decentralization, transparency and accountability.

The CM claimed that the challenges are huge, but they are tackling them.

While answering a question, the Chief Minister denied that there were differences between the BJP and the Shiv Sena, as speculated and rumored in some sections of the media.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also released a booklet listing his government’s achievements in the past 100 days in the presence of over a dozen of his cabinet colleagues.