Highway toll tax: Traders, transporters hold protest, say people already enduring a shattered economy

Srinagar: Traders as well as transporters on Wednesday held a protest against the imposition of toll tax by the authorities on all types of vehicles plying on Srinagar-Jammu Highway, reported the GNS.

The toll is being collected by National Highways Authority Of India (NHAI) at the Kachkoot Fee Plaza in Sangam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Reports said that the traders and transporters staged a protest outside the office of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag demanding that no toll tax shall be charged from common people who are already suffering from prolonged conflict and shattered economy.

The protesters under the banner of All traders and manufacturers Association Anantnag, Sumo Stand Union Janglatmandi, Bus and Matador Associations submitted a joint memorandum before Deputy Commissioner Anantnag demanding an immediate rollback of the decision to levy toll tax on passengers.

They said that the exemption of the tax from the people living within 20 kilometers radius is futile and all people from Jammu and Kashmir should be excluded from the purview of Toll imposition.

On Tuesday, after the imposition of the tax, people protested against authorities and called the tax ‘outrageous’. 

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