May 14, 2009

Sutlej Bridge ( G.T. Road ) Toll Tax- Citizens Resent Massive Hike

Vehicle users travelling between Jalandhar and Ludhiana, especially users of Jalandhar are extremely upset over the massive rise in the Toll Tax rates being levied at Sutlej Bridge on the G.T. Road, at Phillaur ( Jalandhar ). Ostensibly this is to raise finances for lane expansion. But a vehicle user already pays the following dues ( all under the garb of road construction / maintenance ):-

(1 ) VAT ( central exice, State Sales Tax etc ) on vehicles

( 2 ) Octroi ( is some states )

( 3 ) Road Tax at the time of Registration ( 10- 15 years , in advance )

( 4 ) Road tax cess on petrol / diesel

Still, Govt. levies massive Toll Tax on ordinary Non-VIP Indians.

People ask the following questions:-

Why are so called "VIPs" exempted ?

Blaring hooters and red beacons, these "VIPs" treat other vehicle owners with contempt at the Toll barriers and attempt a priority and quick passage at the expense of ordinary peace loving citizens. This would not be so if every vehicle is treated at par and pays toll tax.

No ambulances or pick up vans are provided on the Toll roads for the vehicle users .

Whereas handicapped and senior citizens have to pay toll taxes, VIP pay nothing.

This discriminatory and exploitative mindset of the authorities is as bad as Taliban imposing Jazia on Sikhs in Pakistan.

People demand that this discrimination between VIPs and Non-VIPs end and "Handicapped / Senior Citizens " be exempted from paying Toll Tax.

Toll Tax rate hike be rolled back

Proper facilities be provided.

Accounts of income / expenditure be published

Private Contractorship be ended.
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Another Massive Hike Toll Plaza ( Sutlej Bridge ) Phillaur - From 01-09-12

It is adding insult to injury for the common  man in Punjab . Already Punjabis are paying nearly Rs. 8 Per Litre extra for Petrol than the rate in neighbouring Haryana. When Punjabis were demanding relief from high Petrol prices , what they have instead got is a massive increase in Toll Tax rate ( to Rs. 102 for cars - one side ), at Toll Plaza at ( Sutlej Bridge ) Phillaur ( Jalandhar - Ludhiana ) GT Road.

Few years ago the Toll Plaza was Rs. 5

This is the fifth times rates have been increased by Toll Plaza  ;

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Toll Plazas on Punjab Highways- To Be Election Issue

Jalandhar citizens wish to support those political candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections who would check the highway loot at Punjab's numerous toll plazas .

Motorists of Jalandhar and rest of Punjab want :

Toll taxes should be reduced on Main Highways and completely abolished on side Highways.

Total Transparency i.e. Daily Collections and up to date collections be displayed  at every toll plaza.

There should be absolutely no exempted category or VIP passage.

 Vehicles like Maruti 800 and Tata Nano should be treated at par with two wheelers and be exempted.

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Highway Toll Plazas - End The Cult of VIP ism

In Independent India there are no VIP Indians or Non VIP Indians but only one Category i.e. INDIANS.

No where is this pernicious Cult of VIP ism more in play  than at Toll Tax Plazas where they have a separate VIP Passage where so called the privileged take a QUICK AND FREE passage where as the under privileged are made to wait and pay.

  Every one deeply regrets the incident at Shambhu ( Ambala - Rajpura GT Road ) barrier. After all employees do only what they are told to do.

But the Mushrooming Toll Plazas have made the ordinary motorists extremely unhappy.

The VIP passage should be open only for Police / Army and ambulances. The rest should join the.queues and feel proud to be with the Common Indians and not a Class above them.

The long lists of those Exempted should be cut drastically. It is stated that President of India is exempted. Well Presidents have and rightly so special planes and they do not use Highways.

In the Long Exempted List why are Physically Handicapped Car Travelers not included ? Why So. ?

Small cars like Maruti 800 and Nano cars should be exempted from paying Toll Tax .

Presently a Nano car is made to pay the same amount as a BMW