Journey to UP to get easier for tour operators
Tour operators from other states coming to UP will soon get rid of the inconvenience they face each time they enter the state’s borders – that of paying taxes on a daily basis.
They will now have the additional option of paying the taxes on a monthly and quarterly basis apart from the daily basis system they have at present. The state’s transport department has proposed the scheme offering tour operators the option to pay tax at the borders on a monthly or quarterly basis. This would save them the trouble of driving to the nearest RTO office from the UP border to pay the tax every time.
The operators choosing the option will also get a rebate on the tax they pay. "The rebate is necessary because an operator opting to pay tax monthly, for example, may not necessarily come to UP all the 30 days of the month," said a transport official.
"The existing system poses a lot of inconvenience to tour operators who have to drive to the RTO office each time they enter the border unlike in some other states where they can pay the tax monthly or quarterly and as per their convenience," transport commissioner Alok Kumar told Hindustan Times.
"We have sent a proposal to the government seeking changes in the present rules to provide tour operators additional facilities for paying monthly and quarterly tax to the transport department in UP as well," Kumar said. Tourist vehicles coming to UP from other states are charged tax at the rate of Rs. 20 per seat per day in case of non-AC vehicles and Rs. 30 per seat per day for AC vehicles. This brings a revenue of around Rs. 30-40 crore annually to the state exchequer. "We hope the proposed system will not only give a lot of relief to the tour operators but also push up our revenue," said another official.
Agra, Mathura, Ghaziabad, Gautambuddh Nagar, Bareilly, Meerut, Saharanpur and Varanasi are among the main border districts where the tourist vehicles pay tax before they enter the state.
Sources said that Kumar and principal secretary, transport, BS Bhullar held a meeting with representatives of the tour operators in Delhi on Saturday to discuss other facilities that could be given to them to increase the flow of tourist vehicles in UP.
Two days ago, the state transport authority(STA) delegated its power to issue and renew all-India tourist permits to RTOs at local level to save operators the rush to the state capital for the same work.