Pune, January 10:
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has now stopped the collection of Vehicle Entry Fee (VEF) by Cantonment Boards. In a notification, the Defence Ministry said, "It is observed that collection of Vehicle Entry Fee by Cantonment Boards installing barricades/ nakas/ collection kiosks does not conform to the Govt's initiative towards smooth movement of goods and traffic, and impedes the efforts towards ease of living and ease of doing business."
The notification further added, “It has, therefore, been decided that collection of Vehicle Entry Fee by Cantonment Boards be stopped forthwith. The mechanism for seeking proportionate share from the State Government agency /municipality out of any such similar fees being imposed by them on entry of vehicles centrally may be considered suitably.”
It also said, “It is requested to issue necessary instructions to Cantonment Boards to discontinue the collection of Vehicle Entry Fees forthwith and compliance report be sent to the Ministry on immediate basis.”
Meanwhile, the VEF has been stopped from Sunday onwards in the Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) and Pune Cantonment, Pune.