Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Saturday exempted car and small vehicles from paying toll tax from August 15. The chief minister announced the decision on Twitter: “Happy to announce that from August 15, cars and small vehicles will be exempted from paying toll tax in Gujarat.”
Addressing a plantation drive in Nanapondha village of Valsad district today, she said: “When our brothers, sisters from the middle class go out in their cars for work, they have to shell out Rs 100-150 at toll booths. We have decided to exempt them from paying toll tax…bigger vehicles will still have to pay it.”
Political parties and other organisations have been demanding scrapping of toll tax in the state. However, Aam Aadmi Party took credit for the announcement to lift toll tax for cars and small vehicles.
In a statement issued Saturday, AAP’s media coordinator Harshil Nayak said that the demand for lifting of the toll tax was first raised by his party. He alleged that the state government had earlier given the freedom to contractors to loot the people at all national and state highways, bypass roads and bridges.
“If the state government had decided to lift the toll tax now, what had prevented it to remove it earlier or impose it in the first instance”, he asked.
Nayak claimed that his party had earlier also raised the high power tariff in Ahmedabad, Surat and Gandhinagar being charged by private power distributor, Torrent, and the latter was forced to reduce the tariff subsequently. He also claimed that private schools stopped taking capitation fee after AAP objected to the practice. Nayak also slammed the Congress for not raising issues of public importance and stopped playing the role of an effective opposition.