Justifying its decision to increase toll tax on commercial vehicles entering the city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said the hike was not aimed at burdening the common man and the additional revenue received from it will be used to improve civic services.
The revised toll rates were approved last year in December which were brought into effect from May 16. The MCD engaged a new contractor for maintenance of toll booths along the city and for collection of tax. The civic body will get an assured sum from the private agency.
"In the last six months, the MCD endeavoured to obtain optimum revenue collection which could in turn be invested in civic services. Fortunately, MCD could get a record financial bid of R312 crore for one year (for toll tax contract) as against R193 crore in the last year," said Delhi mayor Rajni Abbi.
This additional income of R120 crore will be invested to improve civic services, Abbi assured. According to her, the toll tax would be levied only on commercial vehicles entering the municipal limits.
No toll tax would be charged from private vehicles, public service vehicles, ambulances, fire fighting and police vehicles, and government vehicles with red and amber light.
“The revision in toll tax will not affect the public,” she said, amid concerns that it might lead to increase in prices of essential items such as vegetables. The mayor said that “certain vested interests” were criticising the increase in toll tax rates.