State rejects SBOA request to exempt school bus from toll naka tax, parents will have to pay Rs 300 more every month
Mumbai : Next academic year onwards, parents will have to pay more for the school bus fees. In a latest development, the School Bus Owner Association (SBOA) has announced an increase in the monthly bus fee hike by Rs.300 per month.
SBOA officials said that hike is unavoidable since the state government had rejected their request to exempt school bus from toll naka tax.
Earlier last month, the SBOA officials had met state ministers to request them to exempt the school buses from the toll taxes. There are estimated 850 school buses across the state and more than 400 are in Mumbai – Pune belt.
In Mumbai city, there are four toll booths – Mulund, Dahisar, Vashi and Thane and Worli-Bandra Sea link. Every time the school bus needs to pay the tax and the buses cross the toll naka as many as six times a day.
SBOA president Anil Garg said, “We are very sad that the state government had rejected our request to exempt the school buses from the toll tax. We are doing it service for students on that ground the state would have given us relief from the toll tax.”
He added, “Many of our buses ply between two cities like Mumbai – Thane, Mumbai – Navi Mumbai. Buses from Mulund or Chembur in Mumbai cross over to Airoli or Vashi in Navi Mumbai. On an average, one bus crosses toll nakas six times in a day. We have to pay hefty monthly toll. Since the government had not given some exemption, the hike is unavoidable.”
SBOA said that they are not going bear the fiscal burden and it will to pass the fiscal burden of toll naka on students. During the last academic year, on an average students paid Rs.1,500 monthly charges for bus ferry, depending upon the distance between the school and their respective homes. Not it will increase by Rs.300 monthly and student will have to pay Rs.1800 per month.
Bhakti Kad resident of Mankhurd whose daughter goes to Vashi for school said, “It will be additional fiscal burden. The state government should reconsider its decision.”
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