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Govt to take up high toll tax issue with Centre

chandigarh Updated: May 29, 2014 15:18 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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In a tactical move, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided to take up the issue of hefty toll charges imposed by National Highways Authority of India with the newly appointed BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.


Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda later told mediapersons that the issue of high toll charges on highways will be taken up with the Central government particularly for those areas where the toll was being determined under the toll policy of 2008. “We will soon write to the Central government in this regard,” Hooda said.

He said union minister of state for transport, Krishan Pal Gujjar, an MP from Haryana, himself admitted that toll charges were high and there was a need for appropriate relief and waiver. An of ficial spokes person said that toll charges under the 2008 policy were so high that currently the average user has to pay Rs 2.28 per kilometreas compared to Rs 1.17 per kilometre which would have been deter mined as per the revised 2010 policy. It was also noted that while the commuters were heavily burdened, the NHAI will collect a premium of about Rs 2,200 crore for the concession period.

Simultaneously, the cabinet also authorised principal secretary, PWD (B&R) to finalise the modalities for providing relief to the users of dif ferent categories including cars, jeeps, maxi-cabs and light commercial vehicles, etc. by entering into a dialogue with the concessionaires. A proposal would be brought before the cabinet within a fortnight.

Chandigarh, Haryana cabinet, toll charges, National Highways Authority of India, with the newlyappointed BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda later told mediapersons that the issue of high toll charges on highways will be taken up with the Central government par ticularly for those areas where the toll was being determined under the toll policy of 2008. “We will soon write to the Central gover nment in this regard,” Hooda said.