City Reports

Protest against toll tax for state highways in Rajasthan

October 31, 2019, 8:09 pm

toll plaza

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Jaipur: Several political organizations have announced to launch protests against the Rajasthan government’s decision to reintroduce toll tax for state highways in the state. The toll tax for state highways had been scrapped by the previous BJP government. Terming it as an election stunt, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the car owners can easily afford the tax and the revenue will be invested in the maintenance and upkeep of the state highways.  

The BJP (Jaipur city) will organize a protest at Collectorate Circle in Banipark against the government’s decision. The sit-in will start at 11 am, according to The BJP Jaipur City district president Mohan Lal Gupta.

Gupta said that the previous BJP government had done away with state highway toll tax after a lot of consideration.

“It was not an election stunt. The people heaved a sigh of relief as they were being extorted by toll tax operators. The decision of the Congress government is against the public sentiments,” said Gupta.  

Hanuman Beniwal-led RLP has also announced a state-wide protest. Beniwal told media persons that the Congress government is functioning arbitrarily.

“We would discuss the strategy for a state-wide protest with our leaders and MLAs. We will launch the protest against this decision. The agitation will continue till the government withdraws its decision,” said Beniwal.

First published: October 31, 2019