The toll tax is collected by a private agency, selected by the GTA officials and this agency has been given a contract for three years. This agency would pay Rs 1.8 crore every year to GTA under this contract. Many objections were raised by drivers and owners of trucks and pick-up vans about the toll rates.
Pratap Khati, General Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, said ''Since the entire amount in repairing the road has come from the government, it makes little sense to hand over the collection to a private agency, which will just be making profit.''
Jyoti Kumar Rai, the executive GTA Sabha member in charge of transport, said, ''Today, we decided to revise the rates for minibuses, pick-up vans and trucks. This is largely because the Chalak Mahasangh (a transport body in Kurseong) had raised objections,'' reported darjeelingtimes.com.