ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Communication on Tuesday recommended that NATO containers were made bound to pay toll tax at toll plazas as these overloaded trucks are damaging the national highways. The committee meeting chaired by Wali Muhammad Badeni was informed that the NATO containers have caused Rs 122 billion loss to the roads of the country. National Highway Authority (NHA) member apprised the committee that constant movement of NATO containers plying over roads causing heavy damage to the roads and they were also not paying full toll tax. When contacted, Chairman Wali Muhmmad Badeni said that these overloaded NATO containers are damaging Pakistani roads and committee recommended to bind them to pay toll tax. These trucks have caused heavy damage to the roads, Badeni added. It was informed that these overloaded trucks were used for supply of goods to Afghanistan and they used six highways of the country. Minister for Communication Dr Arbab Arbab also endorsed the recommendation of the committee for regularly taking toll tax from NATO containers and trucks. Discussing the issue of paucity of funds for damaged roads and under constructed road projects by NHA, it was asked to immediately funds were provided for these roads. It would not be out of place to mention here that around a year before The Nation has published the news items that Pakistan was suffering around US$ 83 million loss every year due to NATO/ISAF freight truckloads that are badly damaging the National Highways Network for last seven years. Causing Pakistans road network under tremendous strain, the overloading of NATO/ISAF and American Transit Freight to Afghanistan in practice from 2002 to till now. The weighted average damage caused by NATO/ISAF freight on main routes leading to Afghanistan is 19 per cent of total expenditure spent on repair and maintenance of road and infrastructure, the attributed figures in the story was actually designed for 'Friends of Pakistan to show them actual situation of the countrys main roads damage. It may be mention here that National Highway Authority (NHA) has been expending at an average US 142 million dollars per annum on up gradation of national highways.