State govt asks NHAI to operate from Lakhanpur

TOLL PLAZA ROW

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to operate from Lakhanpur to end the row over establishment of latter’s Toll Plaza at Rajbagh, Kathua.
 Informed sources told Greater Kashmir that in some recent meetings held between state’s Chief Secretary and Project Manger Jammu-Pathankot highway, the state government has proposal to merge the Rajbagh toll plaza with toll plaza at Lakhnpur.
 They said that the two sides have been caught in a row as the state government denied permission to NHAI to operate its toll Palza at Rajbagh Kathua terming it as a violation of set norms according to which two toll plazas can not operate within a distance of sixty kilo meters. 
 Sources said that the issue was pending since March, 2013 when the NHAI set up a toll Plaza at Rajbagh to charge user fee on newly constructed four lane road from Jammu to Pathankote.
 They said that the state government objected to NHAI’s decision to set up a separate toll Plaza.
  “The state government objected to the Toll Plaza at Rajbagh as it was at less than forty kilometers from the Toll Plaza at Lakhanpur and against the prescribed distance of more than sixty kilometers between two such establishments,” sources said adding that since than the issue is pending and now the state government has proposed NHAI to set up its counter at Lakhanpur. 
 “In this regard project manager has informed the NHAI headquarters but the reply is awaited,” sources said adding that the decision will be taken after the culmination of Amarnath Yatra.           
 Pertinently, the NHAI was scheduled to start collection of user fee at newly set up toll plaza from March 21, 2013. NHAI had also finalized the fees   to be charged at the toll plaza from different modes of the vehicles.
 As per the NHAI Act 1988 all light motor vehicles including car, jeep, van or any other light motor vehicle will have to pay Rs. 0.65 per kilo meter and for using stretch between Jammu to Lakhanpur, a vehicle owner will have to pay Rs. 58.50 per trip, sources said.
 Similarly, a commercial light motor vehicle, light goods vehicle and Mini passenger bus has to pay Rs. 1.05 per kilo meter, while   a bus or truck (two axles) has to pay Rs. 2.20 per kilo meters.
 Likewise, heavy construction machinery (HCM) or earth moving equipment or multi axle vehicle (four to six) will have to pay Rs. 3.45 per kilometers and a vehicle with seven or more axles will have to pay Rs. 4.20 per kilometers.
 Sources said that there was also a provision of    monthly pass for local personal vehicles.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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