Public of Dimapur fleeced at will

Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/DIPHU, SEP 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/13/2020 12:25:13 PM IST

Recent developments in Karbi Anglong have attracted concern among public of Dimapur on two issues-- threat by truckers in Karbi Anglong on imposing a road blockade on Nagaland over unabated taxation at check gates and revocation of the August 31 order of DC Dimapur and the recent unprecedented hike in price of sand from Karbi Anglong.

In the first issue, two truck owners association at Karbi Anglong- Lahorijan and Khatkhati Truck Owners Welfare Society Assam and Bokajan Truck Owners Association Assam- warned of blockade on National Highways to Dimapur unless the Deputy Commissioner Dimapur district stop unabated and multiple taxations at check gates and also revoke the August 31order on taking punitive action on trucks carrying overloaded goods plying along Dimapur-Kohima road.

In the said order the DC Dimapur had directed all goods-carrying trucks to undergo weigh test to obtain weigh compliance as per the registered payload/GWV mentioned in the vehicle registration certificate, without which no goods-truck would be permitted to ply on the NH 29. The order however exempts other transporters engaged in government related duties and projects.

 The two truckers associations in their ultimatum, asserted that trucks were compelled to carry overload to meet rising expenditure due to rise in price of fuel and COVID cess fuel price on the truckers. They have also pointed out “invisible taxation” of multiple taxations being collected from the heavy vehicles by various law enforcing agencies and underground outfits at different designated points and gates starting from Dimapur entry gate till Imphal.

The two associations responded that they would comply with the circular only if security was provided to trucks plying on the route till their destination points.

The second issue involves the hike in price of sand from Karbi Anglong as announced by the Sand Mahaldar and Supplier Association (SM&SA), Karbi Anglong, Assam on September 4.

The SM&SA informed that price of sand at source, has been raised to Rs.110 per Cubic Foot(cft) with immediate effect.

Sand is imported mainly from two areas under Karbi Anglong- Diphu and Bokajan. Under Bokajan, the sand mahals are located at Deopani, Balipathar etc. However, coarser sand is obtained at Kanaighat, Koilani under Diphu. Import of sand from Karbi Anglong to Nagaland was stopped in the past few weeks as a precursor to effecting the hike.

This Correspondent contacted operators of sand mining under Bokajan area over the unprecedented hike in price of sand. The sources confirmed that in the pre-lockdown period, price of sand was Rs.37.50 paise per cubic foot (cft) inclusive of Assam Forest Royalty. The Sand Mahaldar and Supplier Association(SM&SA) under Diphu, had hiked the rate of sand from 37.50 per cft to Rs.110 per cft .

Another sand union of Bokajan- Sand and Stone Mahaldar & Welfare Association, Balipathar- has also announced hike to Rs.100 per cft of sand. 

Enroute Dimapur, a truck carrying 400 cft of sand has to pay a total of Rs.2000 to various check gates in Assam and Rs.4500 to various groups and government agencies at Nagaland check gate. 

The scenario depicts the plight of public of Dimapur in particular and Nagaland in general. Prices of various commodities are manipulated at various levels over which authorities have failed to check.

The demand of the truck owners of Karbi Anglong – stop the multiple taxations at check gates and reduce cess on Covid or else provide security protection to all public transport entering Dimapur so as to not carry overload demands response from the state government.

The issue of multiple taxations at Nagaland gates is a chronic problem that began since the mid-90s.

On the prices of sand, the district administration has to ensure that users are not blackmailed and for which the Karbi Anglong administration and police need to be taken into confidence on why price of sand at Dimapur has been rising phenomenally. 


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