Chandigarh: Haryana government on Friday approved extension of Delhi Metro from Mundka to Bahadurgarh.

The state government will spend Rs 788 crore on the project including a contribution of Rs 152 crore as grant towards one-third equity of Delhi segment.

This was decided at a meeting of the state cabinet here. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who chaired the meeting, decided to collect toll tax on recently improved 17-km long Saha-Shahbad road of Haryana Public Works (Building and Roads) Department built at a cost Rs 14.75 crore.

A toll of Rs 200 would be collected from trucks loaded with goods or unloaded canters or multi-axle vehicles or dozers and earth movers, an official spokesman said.

In case of buses or mini buses with state carriage permits, the toll tax would be Rs 200 per trip, Rs 300 for daily pass and Rs 6,000 for monthly pass.

For buses or mini buses with contract carriage permits, it would be Rs 200 per trip including return journey. For maxi cabs, the toll tax would be Rs 20 per trip including return journey.

Light commercial goods vehicles, like pick-up vans or loaded tractor trolley, carrying non-agricultural products would be charged Rs 50 per trip.

Vehicles having more than ten tyres would have to pay a toll tax of Rs 300 per trip including return journey while defence vehicles, ambulances and government vehicles will be exempted.

The Cabinet also decided to take 471 posts of Forest Guards out of the purview of Haryana Staff Selection Commission and fill these posts through a Departmental Committee.

The Forest Department was facing an acute shortage of staff to check illegal felling of trees and thefts and it was felt that it would take a long time to fill these posts through the Staff Selection Commission, he said.

(Agencies)

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