Tourists travelling to India’s Golden Triangle – Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – will be able to make a seamless journey like any one travelling in a privately owned car.
A pilot project is being launched by the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in collaboration with the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana.
Tourists travelling in buses provided by tour operators, lose a large portion of their travel time — approximately three hours in every 24 hours of travel — during stoppages to pay taxes levied by individual states.
The proposed pilot project is pegged at covering India’s Golden Triangle which sees tourists from Delhi visiting Agra (UP)and Jaipur (Rajasthan) transiting through some portions of Haryana. The three cities are India’s highest tourism revenue earners. The Taj for example attracts 25 lakh visitors per annum.
The five-month long pilot project does not propose any changes in the existing tax structures of individual states. It will simply ensure that all applicable state taxes are collected at one central point like a bank and then disbursed to states. This would leave tourist buses free to travel through different states, stopping only to pay taxes at toll roads like all privately owned vehicles do.