Toll tax raised by 8-10 per cent

Chandigarh: Within a span of just around four months, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Tuesday again raised the rates of toll tax by 8 to 10 per cent on the Delhi-Amritsar and Delhi-Chandigarh National Highways making travel to Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh costlier.

According to new rates, four-wheeler owners, including of car, jeep and van would have to shell out Rs. 227 against Rs. 210 being charged earlier at toll plazas located on the 600 km Delhi-Ambala-Ludhiana-Jalandhar-Amritsar National Highway.

Similarly, commuters would have to pay Rs. 123 as toll tax against Rs. 112 for commuting on the 250 km Delhi-Chandigarh National Highway, official sources said. The new rates of toll plazas at Karnal would be charged at Rs. 78 instead of Rs. 72 while at Rajpura, the rate has been raised to Rs. 47 from Rs. 42 and Ladhowal in Ludhiana the rate would be Rs. 82 against earlier rate of Rs. 76, sources said.

NHAI has also made similar amount of hike in toll rates for heavy vehicles including truck, bus, cranes etc.

According to new rates, buses and trucks would be charged at rate of Rs. 287 against old rates of Rs. 265 at one toll plaza located at Ladhowal near Ludhiana.

Earlier in May this year, NHAI had raised the toll rates on the Panipat-Jalandhar stretch of the Amritsar bound NH from Delhi by up to 54.4 per cent for different categories of road users.

Castigating the Union Ministry of Transport for making another hike in toll tax, All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) president Charan Singh Lohara termed the hike in toll tax as unjustified and sought immediate withdrawal of the same.

Mr. Lohara, however, ruled out the possibility of hiking freight rates due to increase in toll charges. -- PTI

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