Two leading road management authorities in Pakistan namely Frontier Works Organisation and National Highway Authority (NHA) have silently increased the toll tax rates and are now shifting the burden on each other. No authority is ready to accept the responsibility. One the other side without getting any prior notice, commuters are liable to pay almost double amount than before as a toll tax rates.
After this silent increase without any prior notice where no official authority is accepting the responsibility, people took to the social media platforms and raised the questions. The matters have also been raised by the Senator Kamil Ali Agha in Senate Standing Committee where he took the narrative that it had been a continuous increase in past four months.
“Now the commuters have to pay Rs580 as toll tax instead of Rs210,” he said.
Talking to the media, NHA Chairman Shahid Ashraf Tarar has blamed FWO who implemented this without consulting with NHA. He clarified the position of his institute saying that the matter was about to be resolved in a meeting of Ministry of Communication scheduled on October 03, 2016. However, FWO has raised the toll tax rates without even consulting and notifying NHA.
FWO’s official Colonel Zafar Iqbal denied all statements made by NHA and said NAH was already aware of that under a concession agreement signed by the FWO and NHA a few years back.
Here are the toll tax rates that were implemented w.e.f. July 7th, 2016.