Cantonment Board Belgaum (CBB), chief executive officer Vijay Rajak made an annpouncement that starting April 1, 2011 all vehicle(commercial) users will have to pay an entry tax or toll, and he said this was done under Section 67 (C) of Cantonments Act-2006.
The toll fixed for different vehicles are as follows:
Private buses Rs 20
Private trucks Rs 20
Mini commercial vehicles Rs 15
Three-wheelers/ autorickshaws Rs 15
Tractor and tailors carrying goods Rs 15
Tempos Rs 10.
6 toll collection centers would be set up which will given on contract and would be set up at Congress Road, Circuit House, Congress Road, Military Vinayak Mandir, Ganeshpur Circle, Benon Smith High School, Sanchayani Circle and Gogte Circle.
Vehicles belonging to state and central governments, ambulances, state owned transport buses, vehicles deployed on election duty and buses carrying schoolchildren have been exempted.
CEO further said that they had to do this as the Cantonment did not receive any fund from the 100 crore package and even when the Cantonment is an integral part of the city. The defense authorities also have stopped funding, hence this measure is a must for raising resources.
There has been a dis liking from the people of Belgaum on this issue.
Many people fear that this will be similar to the Jakat Nakas earlier and also that each one will have to go though some part of the cantonment area daily and each one will have to pay the toll.
Some say this is not practical and will cause huge traffic problems as vehicles will be stopped for payment and one side of the road will be blocked.