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    Re: Cess for Roads and Tolls on Roads...


    At last, some action on this front. Really do not know if it is because of my RTI application or in normal course:

    As reported by Nidhi Sharma in dailypioneer.com on 19 April 2008:
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    Govt mulls doing away with toll after cost recovery

    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="450"><tbody><tr><td class="news"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="450"><tbody><tr><td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top"> The Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways is planning to review its toll policy and stop charging toll on highways and other road facilities once the cost of the project is recovered.
    </td> </tr> </tbody></table></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">According to highly placed sources, the matter came up during discussions on demands for grants of the Ministry in the parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. The committee members raised questions on the logic of levying toll in perpetuity, that is, even after the private player and the Government had recovered the cost of building the project.
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">The sources said that during deliberations, Secretary (Road Transport and Highways) Brahm Dutt said that the Ministry is planning to look into the matter and formulate a new policy that would propose stopping toll collection from users after a certain time period once the capital and interest have been recovered.
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">According to the sources, Dutt told the committee that there have been objections because people look at it as "multiple taxation". Vehicle owners pay a one-time road tax, a cess on petrol and high speed diesel for development and maintenance of highways and a toll tax while crossing a plaza. The money collected from toll also goes towards maintenance of highways.
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">Now, the Standing Committee has raised serious doubts over the policy of collecting toll in perpetuity. Speaking to The Pioneer, Chairman of the Committee Sitaram Yechury said: "This is nothing but multiple taxation. We have raised our objections over the policy. Why should the vehicle owner be penalised? He pays a road tax, a cess for highway development even when he does not use the highways daily and then a toll. There should be a limit to which the toll can be collected. It cannot be done forever. We have suggested that a time limit be set."
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">The recommendations of the committee on the toll collection policy will be included in its report on demands for grants for Department of Road Transport and Highways. The report will be tabled in Parliament next week. When contacted, Dutt, however, refused to comment on the subject.
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">This is not the first time that Parliamentary Standing Committee has raised the issue of multiple taxation. Yechury-led panel had made similar observations in its report last year saying that: "The Government is not justified in burdening the common users of highways with the development as well as the maintenance of the roads in the country."
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">
    </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="news" colspan="2" valign="top">Sources said that even in report on demands for grants 2008-09 the committee has reiterated that toll collection policy should be reviewed. It has also recommended that there should be differentiation between vehicle owners traveling the entire highway length and those using shorter lengths.
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