Commercial vehicles entering Delhi will have to pay more in toll tax from mid-May next year as a key MCD panel on Wednesday approved a 17% to 28% hike in the rates under different categories.
The proposal was brought at a meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) standing committee with municipal commissioner KS Mehra, saying the hike in rates is necessary to neutralise the impact of increase in wholesale price index (WPI). The toll tax rates were last increased in May 2007.
As per the proposal, taxi, tempo, Tata-407 and other such type of commercial vehicles, which are paying R35 as toll tax per entry at present, will have to shell out R45.
The hike will also help in revenue generation for the cash-strapped civic body. The Opposition Congress opposed the proposal though ruling BJP members said it was a nominal hike within the limits prescribed by Delhi government.
There are 18 entry points to Delhi where tax is collected by the MCD. The corporation, which has outsourced collection of toll tax, plans to float a new tender for awarding contract for it. "The new tender will commence from May 16, 2011 and the rates will be applicable from that time at all toll points within the jurisdiction of Delhi," officials said.
Bus, truck, Nissan, Tata-709 or canters and other such vehicles, which are paying R70 at present, will have to pay R85. The rate for six-wheel truck has been increased from R140 to R165, that for 10-wheel truck from R280 to R330 and for 14-wheel truck from R700 to R820.
The hike will not be applicable for non-commercial vehicles, ambulances, fire-fighting vehicles, police vehicles, government vehicles having red and amber lights, defence vehicles and hearses.