New Delhi: Value Added Tax (VAT) on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) in Haryana will be slashed from 20 per cent to 1 per cent, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Wednesday after meeting Union Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Khattar said that the proposal to reduce VAT on ATF had been accepted. He added that during the meeting they had discussed various civil aviation projects related to Haryana, like Hisar airport, Gurgaon helihub, airports in Karnal and Ambala, pilot training school, etc.
Khattar said that the Hisar airport in Haryana, currently undergoing upgradation, would be ready in two years. He said there was a proposal for land in Gurgaon for helihub. When ready, the helihub would improve the inter-city and intracity helicopter movement because of its proximity to Delhi airport. This would reduce the pressure of VIP movement at Delhi airport.
Earlier, Scindia had urged states and Union Territories to rationalize VAT on ATF within the range of 1 per cent to 4 per cent to give impetus to air travel. He had written to 22 states and UTs, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, there is no news of any reduction on petrol or diesel, both of which have been witnessing new peaks in terms of prices every other day. Reduction of VAT could make a significant difference to the prices, thus easing some burden on the common people. In Gurgaon, petrol price has already crossed Rs 102 per litre.
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