Governor Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath to Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of PM Modi, Amit Shah, L K Advani and senior leaders of the BJP and Congress Party in Maharashtra.
Devendra Fadnavis was officially sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, at the Wankhede Stadium today. In a grand ceremony designed and executed by Nitin Desai, Fadnavis became the first BJP leader to become the CM of Maharashtra.
The elaborate ceremony included entertainment as the guests walked in, stories of leaders such as Shivaji and other Maratha warriors told by Marathi Baana performers.
Uddhav Thackeray was present on stage as Fadnavis took oath; Thackeray agreed to attend the ceremony only at the last minute, at the personal invitation of Amit Shah and Fadnavis.
Of the over 5,000 VIPs in attendance, there were statutory dignitaries, MLAs, MLCs, MPs, Consul Generals etc. A separate section housed Bollywood celebrities, sports stars and businessmen.
The BJP also had 25 lotuses in fishing boats off Marine Drive. The concept was based on former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee’s 1980 poem, in which he said that, he would like to see the lotus blooming in the field of politics one day.
Other than the CM, 7 other Cabinet Ministers and 2 Ministers of State were also sworn in. Following the swearing-in of the ministers, the new CM took a victory lap of the stadium along with his senior ministers.
A dedicated ‘FasTag Lane’ at all toll plazas across national highways in the country will be enabled to accept cashless toll payment through RFID tags on the windshield of vehicles, said Axis Bank in a press release after the inauguration of the facility
Axis Bank, India’s third largest private sector Bank, has partnered with IHMCL (Indian Highways Management Company Limited), a subsidiary of NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) to launch Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) facility. A dedicated ‘FasTag Lane’ at all toll plazas across national highways in the country will be enabled to accept cashless toll payment through RFID tags on the windshield of vehicles, said Axis Bank in a press release after the inauguration of the facility.
Toll plaza operators will also stand to benefit as they would not be required to handle cash and will have less stress of handling peak hour traffic congestions. Axis Bank’s interoperable clearing system will allow users to use the same FasTag at all 350 toll plazas on national highways.
Users can buy and recharge FasTags online or at Axis Bank’s network. Users will also be receiving value added services and a dedicated 24x7 call centre to make road journeys convenient.
Users, with FasTag will now be able to cruise through the toll plazas without the hassle of stopping and paying cash. It will improve the average time of travel and will make the journey smoother.
V Srinivasan, Executive Director – Corporate Banking, Axis Bank said, “National highways in the country have seen substantial improvement in terms of the quality of roads and the overall road network. With the objective of providing an efficient and speedy customer experience, highway users will now be able to drive through the toll plazas without the hassle of stopping for paying cash using the FasTag. FasTag uses state of the art technology to identify, collect and manage toll collections at plazas through the country. We believe that Axis Bank's partnership with IHMCL in offering this facility will help redefine process of toll collections in the country and make the collection infrastructure at par with the best in the world.”