Srinagar: In 2019, the then Governor’s Administration of Jammu & Kashmir assured the people particularly residing in catchment areas of Kachkoot Awatipora toll plaza of Kashmir, that they will be exempted from paying toll tax on National Highway 44 connecting Kashmir Valley with Jammu.At that time, Jammu & Kashmir was under the Governor’s rule and Satya Pal Malik was the Governor, who assured people after numerous protests from political parties and trade bodies over the toll tax levied.After opening for vehicular movement on NH44, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) started collecting toll tax at the toll plaza which has been installed at Kachkoot village of Awantipora near Sangam in southern Kashmir’s Anantnag District. As per norms of the NHAI, every private LMV passing through the toll plaza will be charged Rs 85 for single-side journey and Rs 130 for return journey. For mini buses to heavy commercial vehicles and oversized vehicle, the charges for single journey range from Rs 135 to Rs 540.While in recent times, the central Government has made FASTag mandatory on vehicles. After introducing, the authorities of toll plaza at Kachkoot Awantipora on NH-44 has withdrawn all ‘benefits’ for commuters travelling across the toll post even though they belong to nearby areas or within surroundings of three kilometer. Not only this, the daily-basis travelers said that toll post here works as per its will.They have abolished a two-way pass worth Rs 135. Now the commuters, have has to pay two-way toll i.e Rs 180, they alleged.Locals resident of Srinagar also said that they often need to visit go Anantnag, but it is very hard now due to high toll tax.The management has also abolished the monthly passes which was meant for commuters living within a radius of 2 to 3 kilometers around the toll plaza.The local residents of the area, while talking to STATE TIMES said, “It was a free monthly pass to begin with, as romised by the administration. Then the toll plaza started charging Rs 275 for the same and the administration did nothing. But now, even after submitting several applications to the district administration they only assured that there will be no toll for local residents who are residing nearby. The local people also claimed that toll plaza officials do not even listen to commuters. There is no one, with whom we can raise or highlighted our grievances, they added.Regional Officer of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) PIU for Kashmir, Arun Kumar Singh told that if commuters want benefits then they should go for FASTag.“If they don’t have FASTag they will have to pay more than double toll, because every benefit for commuters will now be given through the FASTag. When asked that commuters are claiming that toll plaza authorities are charging 250 percent more than actual charges, he said that he don’t have any kind of such information that toll tax has been enhanced because he has just joined Srinagar office. He further said that Indian Government has made FASTag mandatory if a person who is travelling on NH44 or any other highway across India without FASTag, he will be charged more than double toll tax an every toll, he added.This new high-tech initiative, meant to save precious time at the toll plazas, is mostly internet based. It can be ordered online or through a mobile application, and the prepaid payments can also be made online as well, he asserted.The government of India recently made FASTag mandatory for all vehicles. And many times Government re-scheduled deadlines for the commuters to get these tags fixed on their vehicles.
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