New Delhi, Nov 1 (UNI) The Urban Development Ministry has urged the Government of National Capital terrority of Delhi and the MCD Commissioner to abolish the toll-tax/entry to facilitate inter-state movement of vehicles within NCR.
It also urged the NCR states to evolve a unified checkpost for various departments like excise, taxation, transportation, forests, law and order to facilitate vehicular movement at inter-state borders and reduce the congestion on roads.
The issue was discussed at length at a recent meeting of the NCR Planning Board whether it was advisable to use smart card for registeration of vehicles and driving licenses and inter-linking of RTOs in NCR to make this system sucessful.
The meeting was chaired by Urban Development Secretary M.
Ramachandran and attended by representatives from Haryana, Delhi, UP, Rajasthan, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, DMRC, DDA, GAIL, and IGL.
The Ministry sources said the meeting took stock of the disparity of taxes being levied by the Constituent states and it was observed that the toll-entry tax to Delhi being charged by the MCD was deterrent for the adjoining states to reduce the vehicle/passenger tax for entering their states. The Uttar Pradesh government had recently removed passenger tax on auto-rickshaws to facilitate commuters.
The meeting also adopted the draft Reciprocal Common Transport Agreement among NCR states as finalised by the Committee of Transport Commissioners,secretaries of the constituents states of NCR. This would faciliate the unrestricted inter-state movement of vehicles after signing of the common agreement.
In order to reduce pollution in NCR, the representatives of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had assured of making available sufficient CNG for NCR. The states have been requested to provide land for CNG statations expeditiously, sources said.