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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Surjewala demands withdrawal of toll hike

Chandigarh, September 2

While condemning the toll hike in Haryana, Senior Congress leader and chief spokesperson of Indian National Congress Randeep Surjewala has urged the government to immediately withdraw the toll hike.

Surjewala said the toll had been increased by the government for the second time during the Covid epidemic, which shows the government's insensitivity towards the people. On the one hand, people of the country and the state were facing an economic recession due to the pandemic, but on the other, instead of providing some relief to them, the government was rubbing salt into their wounds by issuing such Tughlaqi decrees, he said.

He said that heavy tax was being levied by the state government in the form of road tax and it was also a matter of record that the Khattar-Chautala government of the state had been repeatedly increasing VAT on petrol and diesel for the last six years. He described the hike as an "insensitive" and the third blow to the people, who are already bearing the brunt of coronavirus, lockdown and economic slowdown.

Surjewala said there were 32 national highways and three national expressways with a total length of 3,531 kilometres in the state, which enable every district to connect to some national highway. "Often, one uses national highways to go from one district to other and in such a situation, the toll hike on national highways will increase inflation and directly affect transporters and a large number of people using private vehicles," he said. — TNS

from The Tribune

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