Mangaluru, Sept 2, 2018: With a view to curb the hi-jack of toll collections in Hejamady, the authorities have started collecting toll from inside the parallel road in Hejamady from Sept 1, Saturday.
The toll collection was started on NH 66 near Hejamady Basthipadpu stadium. To avoid the toll, many motorists were travelling on Hejamady Old MBC Road, leading to the incurring of huge loss to the contractor Navayug Company.
Realising the loss of revenue, the Navayug company started collecting toll at Hejamady Guddeyangady. Opposing the move, the residents of Hejamady in the past had stalled the work on toll plaza in the past.
The villagers had even taken the officials to task during the gram sabhe for collecting toll on PWD road. Finally, amid police protection, the authorities have started collecting toll from the inside road at Hejamady. The commencement of toll collection also led to an exchange of words among motorists and toll staff.
Dalit leader Shekar Hejmady said, “The NHAI and contractor Navayug Company had taken up unscientific work on the NH 66. Now, they have started collecting toll at the inside road as well. The toll is causing inconvenience to the residents.”