People, get ready for gasoline tax!
The Punjab Mass Transit Authority has asked the provincial government to impose Re1 to Rs2 gasoline tax on sale of every litre of petrol in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan to make up for the subsidy it is giving to the operators of Orange Train and Metro Bus in the aforementioned cities.
The Punjab government is currently giving Rs12 billion per month subsidy to operators of the Orange Train and Metro Bus in the aforementioned three cities. Now the Mass Transit Authority has given the government a proposal to collect this subsidy amount from people through gasoline tax.
The proposal is meant to provide the government some relief as it is facing difficulty in paying the Rs12 billion subsidy amount to operators of the Orange Train and Metro Bus in the three Punjab cities.
People have expressed concern at this proposal. However, Punjab Mass Transit Authority General Manager Uzair Shah says the authority has just sent proposals to the government to collect the gasoline tax on the pattern of many developed countries, but no decision has been taken in this regard.