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Truckers plea against high toll tax

Dhubri, Feb. 12: The Dhubri-Golokganj Truck Owners’ Association today submitted a memorandum to the Dhubri deputy commissioner asking him to take action against the exorbitant toll tax collection.

The trucks plying through the Bir Chilarai bridge of Dhubri district have to cough up exorbitant sums as toll tax charged by the PWD (roads), which have been manning the tollgates since January 22.

The association alleged that though there is a fixed rate of toll tax for each vehicle, the department is charging much more. It pointed out that for heavy vehicles, the PWD fixed Rs 17 as toll tax but actually the department is charging upto Rs 200 from each trucker.

The secretary of the association, Azizur Hussain Khan, told The Telegraph said the woes of truckers plying through the Bir Chilarai bridge had not eased even after the PWD (roads) took over.

“The government of Assam vide memo no. PWD no. NHC/BR-3-2001 clearly instructed mechanical validity with registration that loaded/unloaded vehicle passing over the bridge must mention receipt time, date of journey, amount collected, name of the driver and owner of the vehicle and number on the money receipt. But the department is not doing so,” Khan alleged.

The association said though the amount spent on building the bridge was realised in the 2003-04, the government continued to lease it out.

The government spent Rs 4.84 crore to build the bridge and by 2003-04, it had earned Rs 5.77 crore.

When various associations protested against this exorbitant toll tax in 2004, the government stopped leasing out the bridge from the end of 2005 till February 28, 2008.

If the bridge is again leased out, the truckers have to pay a much higher toll tax, the association said.


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