GUWAHATI: The Assam administration is now prepared to raise the tollgate charge once more following the increases in power rates and necessary medications.
Assam has increased tolls at up to seven tollgates by 10%, and these new rates take effect at midnight on March 31.
On the other hand, the state unit of the All India Professionals Congress (AIPC) in Assam has rejected raising the toll rates at the state's toll plazas. The National Highway Authority of India has agreed to hike the toll price for all cars by 5% to 25% starting on April 1, according to a press release from the state unit president of AIPC Assam and state congress secretary Gaurav Somani.
Assam would eventually see a 15% increase in the toll charge, as informed. Somani added that NHAI had been installing toll plazas across Assam without providing enough restrooms, safety precautions, or leisure areas for both truck drivers and passengers.
"Similarly, Somani argued that it is against the law to apply an increase in toll fees if the number of vehicles using the roads has increased from the previous year. Due to the addition of more and more toll plazas every 60 km, state residents are required to pay an additional toll tax. In comparison to other states, the cost of transportation for goods and commodities is higher in this state due to its geographic location. Transportation costs will increase as toll taxes are raised further, which will have a negative impact on the economy and inflation," the press release included.
It should be noted that the government already increased the toll tax by 15% last year, taking effect on April 1, 2022. As a result, an annual rise of 15% in the toll tax will have a considerable influence on the cost of both essential and non-essential goods in the state.
Earlier, Ranjan Kumar Brahma, the BTR coordinator for the Aam Aadmi Party, expressed his disapproval of the development of a new toll gate on NH-31 near Telipara in the Gosaigaon subdivision.
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