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Toll tax row: Parts of south Kashmir observe shutdown, demand roll back

Toll tax row: Parts of south Kashmir observe shutdown, demand roll back
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Pulwama: Several parts of southern Kashmir on Tuesday observed a complete shutdown against the imposition of toll tax by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on the Srinagar-Anantnag highway.
Pertinently, south Kashmir transporters association had called for a complete shutdown on Tuesday against the levying of toll tax on national highway at Kachkoot in Awantipora.
The protesting transporters were demanding exemption of toll tax for local vehicles threatening that they will intensify their strike if the government fails to do away with levying toll tax on local vehicles.
A member of the association said that transporters and business community is already going through tough times and levying of toll tax is unacceptable.
“The assurance given by Governor Satya Pal Malik that no toll tax will be imposed on people across Jammu and Kashmir must be imposed on ground at an earliest,” he said.
“Due to the ongoing holy month of Ramadan we have given call for just one day and if government fails to work upon our demands upto Eid we will intensify our strike,” he said.
Witness said that all shop and business establishments remained closed in many parts of southern Kashmir mainly in Anantnag town and vehicular traffic was also thin on the roads.

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