The change in octroi levy that has provoked the rage of the local traders in the Deolali Cantonment area is probably to be studied in recent meeting of the concerned committee at the Deolali Cantonment Board office.
Hike in octroi levy was implemented from 1st August. Due to this issue the last cantonment board meeting saw intense discussions. To solve this issue, it was decided to form a committee that would study the change of octroi levy on definite commodities, which could be implemented after passing a resolution.
Though the almost 250 traders who are influenced by the octroi hike have been challenging that the hike in itself is unreasonable and which is only benefitting the concerned octroi collection contractor, the corporators say there are saying that prices of certain commodities are much lesser in the nearby areas like Bhagur and the area coming under the Nasik Municipal Corporation. That is why people are buying goods from outside of the Deolali Camp market. The Deolali Cantonment Board increased the octroi levy on heavy material from 3% to 4% from 1st August whereas on other commodities it has been elevated from 2% to 3%.
Traders also claim that certain items included in the octroi list like books which have been excluded from octroi by the Maharashtra government.Several traders of Deolali Cantonment area have been claiming that the concerned agency appointed for octroi collection has been increasing the bills to raise the octroi, which has become a sort of mental torture to them. The appointed agency is also challenging the price of goods with not having information of the same.