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Corporators want free sea link ride, ticketless entry into national park Corporators want free sea link ride, ticketless entry into national park

Aug-28-2014 | 0 Comments

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MUMBAI: After getting free AC bus passes, corporators want a toll-free travel on Bandra-Worli Sea Link and also free visits to Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

At present, one-way toll for the sea link is Rs 55 and for two-way, it is Rs 83, while the national park charges Rs 50 to allow vehicle inside and Rs 15 per person as entry fee. According to the demands made at the general body meeting on Wednesday, corporators want both the toll and national park fee to be waived. The city has 227 corporators.

BJP's Gyanmurti Sharma demanded that corporators should be exempted from paying toll on the sea link. "Corporators use the sea link to reach the BMC headquarters for public purpose and not for personal use. So we should be exempted from paying the toll," said Sharma, who was supported by Shiv Sena's Trushna Vishwasrao. Former Congress corporator Ajit Raorane in 2011 had also raised the same demand.

Sunil Prabhu, who presided over the meeting for the last time as the mayor, left the discussion for a few minutes and on returning, claimed that the authority concerned had accepted the demands. He announced that only one vehicle of a corporator, which will have a special sticker on it, will not have to pay the sea link toll. The final order on the toll, however, has not come in yet.

Sena leader Trushna Vishwasrao also demanded that a corporator's vehicle be granted an exemption from buying tickets to Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Prabhu, however, said the civic administration should take up the matter with the authorities concerned.

MNS leaders seemed more brazen than the others. "Our party corporators don't pay toll, so it does not make any difference to us. We had appealed that no one should pay at any toll naka, whether it is at the sea link or on a highway," said MNS leader in the BMC Sandeep Deshpande.

Additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota, who was present at the meeting, did not reply to the demands.

TIMES VIEW:

Corporators are elected to work for the city and its citizens, not to get free entry into the Sanjay Gandhi National Park or a toll-free ride on the sea link. This demand is as undignified as it is preposterous and needs to be binned.


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