Goa : The village panchayat of Chodan-Madel and two villagers have approached the high court of Bombay at Goa challenging the hike in ferry toll from Rs 55 to Rs 250 per trip for special trips.Special trips are conducted between 2am and 6am when the regular service stops. For the rest of the day, five ferries are deployed to transport passengers and vehicles to and from Chorao island between 6am and 2am.The notification increasing the fare was issued in February. The village panchayat had submitted a memorandum to the river navigation department in March requesting it not to implement the increased ferry fare, but petitioners said they have not received any response so far.
The petition stated that the fare was raised without considering any factors whatsoever and done in a most “arbitrary manner” without any rational basis and hence has to be struck down.The petition came up for hearing on Wednesday and has been posted for hearing on December 7 with respondents the state government, the Captain of Ports and river navigation department given time to file replies.The petitioners were represented by advocate Parag Rao.The village panchayat of Chorao being one of the biggest island in the state, there is a pressing need to connect the island to Panaji by way of a bridge, for which foundation stone was laid in 2011.
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