Mangaluru, July 15, 2019: Mangaluru North BJP Mandala General Secretary Ashok Krishnapura has opposed collection of toll from private cars with KA 19 registration from July 16, at Surathkal on NH66.
Speaking to media Ashok Krishnapura said that serious protests will be staged against the toll collection under the leadership of Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel and Mangalore City North MLA Dr Bharath Shetty Y.The contractor is misleading the public and officials by claiming loss from toll exemption granted to the locally registered vehicles. The district administration should ensure that exemption for local vehicles from paying toll is continued. If the district administration and NHAI fail to continue the exemption, then BJP unit of Mangaluru North, Mulki and Moodbidri will stage a protests.
To create awareness in this regard, a corner meeting will be organised at Surathkal Junction on today, July 15, Monday at 6.30 pm. A protest will be staged in front of toll plaza tomorrow, July 16 Tuesday.
Toll Gate Virodhi Horata Samithi too has opposed collection of toll from local vehicles at Surathkal toll plaza.
“The collection of toll is untoward as per the guidelines. The NHAI had written to the higher authorities to merge Surathkal toll with Brahmarakootlu toll. We will not allow the toll collection from local vehicles. Instead of providing police protection, the district administration should initiate measures to close down the toll plaza,” said Samithi Convener Muneer Katipalla. Katipalla also warned of staging a protest, if the authorities start toll collections now. This is an undesired action by the contractor concerned.