Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday urged the incumbent governor administration to suspend levying of toll tax on Srinagar –Jammu highway at Charsoo toll plaza near Awantipora, saying that the highway is still incomplete with some bridges still under construction activity in Kashmir has hit its lowest ebb in the last four years and the decision of levying in exorbitant toll tax will inadvertently put the people to duress.
Party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing dismay over the decision said, “Notwithstanding the low economic activity in the valley, the construction of Jammu -Srinagar highway is still going on. Among others, the railway pass bridges and many lanes and some single lane bridges are still not complete. It is therefore unjust and unfair to levy taxes on people when the highway is not fully functional,” adding, “The state government must do an immediate review of the rates that are being levied on different vehicles at the newly inaugurated toll plaza. We, therefore, urge the governor administration to defer imposing toll tax.”