Mangaluru, Nov 28, 2017: Youth Congress Mangaluru North, activists on Nov 27, Monday staged a protest demonstration at Honnakatte near Mangaluru decrying National Highway Authority of India’s apathy in restoring the battered National Highway 66 between Kuloor and Baikampady.
Speaking to party members, Mangaluru North MLA B.A. Mohiuddin Bava demanded that NHAI stop toll collection forthwith at NITK Surathkal and at BC Road.
Mangaluru North Youth Congress president Girish Alva said that a journey of about 15 minutes has now been extended to more than an hour to cover 12 km between Surathkal and Mangaluru, owing to the poor condition of the road.
Though Dakshina Kannada MP is from the BJP, and the BJP being at the helm of affairs at the Centre, the condition of the road has not improved, which is shameful, he said.
District Youth Congress president Mithun Rai said that the wing would protest against collection of toll till the highway and service roads are restored.
Mithun Rai said that one would have to doubt how MP Nalin Kumar Kateel was adjudged the best MP considering the pathetic state of the highway in the district headquarters.
Youth Congress activists, who staged a rasta roko, also played cricket on the battered stretch of the national highway.