Toll tax: Public transport resumes in south Kashmir

Public transport resumed on Wednesday in south Kashmir after remaining off the roads for a day following a ‘chakka jam’ call given by South Kashmir Transporters Association (SKTA) against levying of toll tax by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on all types of vehicles on the Srinagar-Jammu Nation Highway.

The inter-district cab service and other public transport, which was off the roads on Tuesday in view of the strike, was plying normally on all roads in south Kashmir, including on the national highway.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has already announced that matter of exempting locals from the tax was taken up with the Centre. Meanwhile, the authorities said people living within the radius of 20 kms of the toll plaza will be exempted from the tax.
Commuters on Tuesday alleged hardships due to non-availability of public transport in south Kashmir, where life was badly hit due to the ‘chakka jam’.

The toll is being collected by NHAI at the toll Post Kachkoot Fee Plaza in Sangam area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Levying of toll tax has evoked sharp reaction from transporters, traders and leaders of almost all mainstream political parties, who are demanding withdrawal of the tax.