Talking to the media after inaugurating a grid lock separator near the tourist reception centre grounds in Srinagar, Malik said locals will be exempted from paying any toll tax at the toll plaza at Sangam in Anantnag.
The toll plaza, set up on May 7, has been collecting toll tax from every vehicle using the highway except those of security forces, ambulances, funeral vans, fire services and vehicles used by VIPs.
Local traders, transporters, students, doctors, engineers, lawyers and common citizens have been demanding that since they use the highway a number of times each day, the burden of toll tax had become unbearable.
Political parties including the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party have also demanded exemption of locals from paying the toll tax, saying the highway is used by them for private and professional purposes and not as a commercial enterprise. (IANS)