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Paying taxes for bad roads, water issues, is it time to ask why?

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Pooja Bhatia

It is likely that you must not have paid attention to the amount of road tax you pay, at the time of buying a vehicle. It is the road tax you pay as a part of the total cost of your vehicle. Road tax is nothing but tax paid to use your vehicle, in the public, or to drive it on the road. If we look at it generally, we should expect returns such as well maintained roads, free of any potholes, blockage or any kind of disturbance while playing our vehicle on the road; but, that rarely happens. On the contrary, whenever there is a small hiccup like heavy rains in Delhi, it creates a lot of traffic confusion, as most of the potholes on the road become more prominent and scary, forcing us to drive with great caution.

Yet, how many of us even think about road tax payment when we are dealing with bad road conditions? We only end up blaming the concerned authorities like MCD or urban development ministry, or at best, we think about the quality of construction of the roads given to the government or private contractors. Beyond that, we think no more and are left to deal with the bad roads, which may harm our vehicle or even risk our lives in one way or the other.

Similarly, we pay a service charge on our water bill and electricity bill. And, in this case, too, we often find ourselves dealing with water scarcity or paying ‘extra’ for private electricity or water connections. Then, why are we paying that surcharge of 20% to the government, if we are not even getting the basic facilities in return?

Bad road conditions or irregular water supply is a close reality for us, yet we as honest citizens of India, have been abiding by the law. We don’t have a choice either.

However, we do have a choice to question on the road condition outside our society. We have the right to question on why we have to drive under heavily polluted road conditions, or why are children forced to take a bumpy ride to school every morning. These questions are way beyond the ordinary for us, but isn’t it as scary as living with the fear of meeting an accident if we are unable to locate that deep pothole on a rainy morning drive, or if we are left to deal with a no-water situation in our personal premises one day? What will we do then?

We know it does not concern many of us today and we are somehow coping with it, surrendering to the situation in sight. Still, we should prepare ourselves for the worst, considering that one day, we really might exhaust all our resources or the physical and mental ability and capacity to deal with the situation. Money may not seem important at the moment but the starting situation is. It is time- we start questioning ourselves, first!

Pooja Bhatia is a property news enthusiast, who likes staying updated on business and corporate news, lifestyle at home, home interior elements, location insights and rest of the information, to make living better. She is also an avid traveler (a blogger on holidays) and an avid reader and a part of this real-time information, she converts into real estate enthusiasm.

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