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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan bows to Dy. CM Ajit Pawar’s pressure in cabinet

The Congress and NCP once again seemed to have clashed on a proposal at the weekly cabinet meeting. The proposal of dispute pertained to Maxicabs in the state. The proposal was drafted by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and aimed at regulating Maxicabs so that the state could earn revenue of Rs. 150 Crore.

There are lakhs of 6 to 12 seaters in the state that operate outside cities. They charge passengers arbitrarily and often overload passengers, which is dangerous as well. The MSRDC proposed to regulate this by issuing permit to these seaters and also limiting the passengers they can carry to 12.

The proposal stated that besides additional revenue, regulating the Maxicabs would also ensure passenger safety. However, the NCP was completely against the proposal initiated by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Dy. Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the proposal was being opposed by transporters all over the state and hence should not be approved by the cabinet.

Though Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan tried to reason out with the Dy. Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, the latter continued to oppose it. Bowing to the pressure, the Chief Minister was left with no choice but to order MSRDC to study the proposal further.
While the NCP has tried to gain political points with unions of transporters in the state, their stance however is not good news for the debt ridden state treasury.


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