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Transporters demands met, vegetable prices may come down

Mumbaiities can look forward to cheaper vegetables, foodgrains and fruits in the days to come.

mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2010 01:09 IST
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Mumbaiities can look forward to cheaper vegetables, foodgrains and fruits in the days to come.

The transporters bodies expect a fall in cost of transporting these goods after the Central government gave in to their demand of slashing toll tax by nearly 30% for commercial vehicles.

The toll tax has been cut from Rs 3.40 per km to Rs 2.40 per km.

This will mean that in the coming weeks, the prices of vegetables, fruits and other such perishable items, will reach wholesale markets at lesser rates than the prevailing ones. This will in-turn lower the prices once it reaches the retail local markets.

“People can expect prices of vegetables and fruits to come down in the days to come, though not immediately,” said All India Motor Transport Congress president, GR Shanmugappa.

He further said the vehicles registered in a particular district will have to half the toll price if they are plying in that district.

This decision is also expected to help commercial cars and other vehicles.

The state government has also decided to shut 23 toll nakas across the state.

“We will be able to see the actual effect only when the amendment of toll tax gets implemented,” said a member of Bombay Goods and Transport Authority.

The road transporters called off the nationwide strike that was to take-off from December 5 after the associations held discussions with the government.

On Saturday, the Union Road Transport and Highways minister Kamal Nath said that only 40% of toll will be levied after the concession period was over.