Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a meeting with Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Tuesday Credit: Twitter 

Guwahati: Assam is in need of at least two toll gates in the state without any further delay as the issue of their opening figured in a meeting between Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday.

The issue was discussed in detail and Sonowal was asked to initiate a dialogue with local town committees to open the toll gates, including the one at Raha in Nagaon.

Earlier, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) sought the state government’s intervention to break the logjam over the reopening of the toll gate at Raha. A total of 29 organisations had opposed the opening of the toll gate.

The toll gate on National Highway 37 has remained non-functional since last year. The gate was opened on July 12 but due to protests, it was temporarily closed. Protesters argue that the toll plaza is against National Highways Fees (Determination of Rates and Collection) Rules, 2008. They say that no toll gate can be set up within a 10-km radius of a town or municipality area and the Raha gate is located within ward 7 of Raha town.

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Every highway that is a state or national highway, is taxed by the Indian government for raising the cost of making as well as the maintenance of the roads. This is a very essential cost which allows for travel through states, towns and cities conveniently. Also securities on these roads are very important since highway robbery needs to be controlled in several parts of India.

This road taxation helps to ensure that the cost of road safety and security is also maintained. There are various kinds of road taxes that are based in the state you are traveling in. The most common road tax that is collected from vehicles is the toll tax.

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