Briefing mediapersons here on Monday, the BTTOA Vice-President K G Ravindra said according to the Central government rule only 0.76 paise per kilometre should be charged as toll on national highways. But the State government is collecting Rs 3.50 per kilometre which is nothing but a “daylight robbery”.
Taxi drivers have to shell out Rs 35 on one way entry and Rs 50 for a two way entry daily, to use the flyover. To avoid the heavy toll charges, the taxis are taking the road below the flyover.
The association has also demanded a reduction in fuel prices. The BTTOA had supported the nationwide bundh on July 5 to protest against the hike in fuel prices. But the State government has not taken any initiative to cut the prices despite the bundh being a success, he remarked.
There are about 25,000 heavy motor vehicles that cross Karnataka border everyday. They prefer filling fuel across the border since it is cheaper. “The State government can reduce the prices at least by Rs two which in turn will increase the fuel sale in the State,” said Association President B G Shivanna.