Toll exemption for Samba vehicles, Rs 70 per car for multiple crossings
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Even as the transporters of Jammu province are all set to observe ‘Chakka Jam’ on Thursday in protest against the establishment of Toll Plaza at Sarore in District Samba on Jammu-Pathankot National Highway, several decisions are reported to have been taken by the government for restructuring of taxes at the plaza. Sources told STATE TIMES that the government on late Wednesday decided to exempt all vehicles registered in district Samba from any toll at Sarore Toll Plaza. The decision has been taken after a meeting at Delhi. The government had sought a report from Deputy Commissioner Samba which reached the authorities after the crucial meeting was over. The passenger vehicles will be charged between Rs 200 to Rs 250 while the private car owners have to pay Rs 70 for multiple crossings in a day, sources said, adding the motorbikes and scooters are already exempted from any toll at Sarore Toll Plaza. Commercial vehicles, which were supposed to pay around Rs 28,000 per month will now have to pay one fourth of their total toll amount, sources informed . The toll plaza at Sarore was inaugurated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on October 11, drawing a strong reaction from the people from all sections of the society and political parties including the BJP which had written a letter to the Union Transport Ministry seeking the abolishment of the aforesaid toll plaza. Talking to STATE TIMES, Chairman J&K Transport Welfare Association T.S Wazir said, “Withdrawal of toll post has also been included in the charter of demands and an ultimatum of one day was given to the administration but nothing has been done in this regard. There are several issues pending with the government but none of them have been addressed so far. As if it was not enough, an additional burden has been added on transporters by establishing toll post at Sarore in Samba,” Wazir said.
Wazir added that all transport unions including tankers, truckers and matador operators will also be part of the strike.
Meanwhile, private bus services along the Jammu-Pathankot Highway remained suspended for the third day here on Wednesday to protest against the newly set up toll plaza.
Various social and political organisations are protesting over establishment of Sarore Toll Plaza.
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