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High Court to hear plea tomorrow on Sion-Panvel highway toll issue


Mumbai: A social activist has approached the Bombay High Court seeking a direction to the Maharashtra government not to consider paying compensation to a contractor for exempting vehicles from paying toll on Sion-Panvel highway.

A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice A K Menon posted the application for hearing tomorrow along with a petition filed by Sion-Panvel Tollways Pvt Ltd challenging the government’s decision to exempt light vehicles from paying toll.

Activist Pravin Wategaonkar in an application filed today alleged that the government’s decision to award contract to Sion-Panvel Tollways Pvt Ltd was done without following proper procedure and was hence “unconstitutional and illegal.”

Wategaonkar told the court that the government is also considering paying the company compensation amount for exempting lighter vehicles from paying toll on the highway.

The activist claimed that the Public Works Department of the government denied tender forms to four contractors interested in bidding for the contract of collection of toll on the Sion-Panvel highway without assigning any reasons.

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