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Taxmen rue checkpost blow

Jamshedpur, Nov. 2: The sales tax department’s proposal to set up three new checkposts at Bahragora on NH-33 to monitor trucks that travel to Orissa via NH-6 has been rejected dealing a body blow to the department’s hopes of shoring up revenue collections that have been poor so far.

The Jamshedpur division of the state road construction department (national highway division) cited water logging as the reason for not allowing the new checkposts, which they claimed would aggravate the problem, thereby damaging the important road further.

“The decision has been taken to protect the road from water logging,” said executive engineer of the division Suresh Prasad.

“Our experience with checkposts hasn’t been very good in the past.”

At present, officials of the road construction department said, the district administration had a checkpost at Barsole on NH-33 at the point where the road forks out in two directions as NH-6-Bengal towards the east and Orissa in the west.

The Barsole post monitors vehicles entering Bengal. And by setting up three new checkposts at Bahragora, the sales tax department wanted to monitor vehicles moving to Orissa.

Dejected officials of the sales tax department, who had already identified the area to set up the checkposts, agreed they needed them to better monitor vehicles moving across state borders and thereby increase revenue collection.

The sales tax department is struggling to meet collection targets. “As per the revised revenue target for the ongoing financial year, we have to achieve Rs 1,401.77 crore. The earlier target was pegged at Rs 1,184.53 crore,” said a senior department official. Till the end of September, the department had managed to collect only 29.61 per cent of the annual target.

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