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Mangaluru: MP Nalin's hand in Suratkal tollgate contract extension alleged

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Aug 8: Muneer Katipalla, convener of Anti Suratkal Tollgate Action Committee, recalled that Member of Parliament (MP), Nalin Kumar Kateel, had said a month back that the toll charges collection contract at the tollgate at Suratkal would end on July 30 and that under no circumstances he would allow toll collection there to continue. Muneer claimed that this promise has been shattered and illegally this contract has been extended. He claimed that the MP has seen to it that his own associates bag this contract.

Munir Katipalla accused Nalin of not using his power to stop toll collection at Suratkal, in spite of possessing that power. "Although a company working at national level has bagged contract for toll collection, the sub-contract has been given to people close to the MP. The MP is the saviour for all the illegal things going on at this gate. Because of unholy understanding between National Highways Authority of India, MP, and the tollgate contractor, Suratkal tollgate continues to function," he claimed.

Muneer recalled that two years back, toll collection had begun at Suratkal with the promise that the gate would be closed once the tollgate at Hejamady that is just ten kilometres away from Suratkal begins to function. "But although Hejamady gate started operating within six months, the Suratkal tollgate continued to be operational. After our committee fought against it, the state government had sent a proposal to the central government to close Suratkal tollgate at the end of the current contract period. Against all assurances by the department and MP, now the contract has been extended. This is a fraud played on the people," he said.

He pointed out towards rules governing tollgates like minimum distance of 40 km between two tollgates, no damages or potholes on toll roads, if any pits appear they should be closed within 48 hours etc, duly saying that all rules have been violated at Suratkal. He said that there is no service road between Suratkal and Nanthoor and that the highway is dotted with holes.

He said that National Highways Authority pays a sum of five to six crore rupees to the firm which undertakes highway repairs but claimed that this company is not even doing the work to the extent of one crore rupees. He wondered why everyone including the authority and MP are silent over this issue. He demanded immediate closure of the tollgate. He warned that an agitation for a day will be organized from 10 am onward near the tollgate on August 14 and the fight will be continued till this gate is closed, service road is created from Suratkal to Nanthoor, over-bridge at Nanthoor is built etc.

City corporators, Revathi Puthran, Dayanand Shetty, DYFI district president, B K Imthiaz and others were present.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    The future 'smart city' of Mangalore is the only city in the world were its citizens need to pay at toll gates for incomplete road work. Thanks to its sitting BJP MP who want to burn his own constituency.

    In this regard I appreciate Shiv Sena in Mumbai who went to the toll gate with few 'todpod' and gentle beating toll gate stopped charging the commuters.

    The citizens can't be held accountable for delayed infrastructure projects. If the contractor fail to deliver in agreed date his company should be liable for penalties and also number of years deducted for toll collection.

    This toll gates need to be closed by force. The company can't charge for uncompleted work.
    Jai Hind

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    I blame voters, who blindly elected him. As per majority peoples (voters) wish, MP Nalin, acting. People really interested in religion and cast, cow protection, moral policing and so on. As per people's wish MP is prioritising his duties like spreading hate and putting fire.End of the day this "buddivanthara jille " and people who voted him they are "buddivantharu".

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  • Aubb, India / Kuwait

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    Still, Coastal intellectuals want to vote for BJP.

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  • Anil, Udupi

    Thu, Aug 9 2018

    When car owners pay road tax why again pay pay toll? Either pay road tax or toll, Any one. Not both.

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  • Truth Teller, Karnataka

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    If people like lies! Then Nalin is the person to be re-elected!!!!. Bakhts enjoy!!!. Just like Modiji's, Nalin's videos on Surathkal toll gate closure promise are available in youtube!!!

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    BJP created Guinness world record in corruption.

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  • PenMightierThanTheSword!, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    What else can one expect when a disgusting low-life whose only interest is greed and power is made an MP! Time for the MP as well as the PM to be booted out!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    People have now realized the importance of BJP ...

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  • Thinker, Mlor

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    I hope ppl realise the importance of throwing this government away in the coming elections.

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  • mohan, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    He made enough money in 10 years.... his total assets .. including Bangalore Bombay. And cofee estate and many in benami names worth 10 thousand crore..

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  • Sachin Shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    He is a waste MP but our educated people will elect him again.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018


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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    One thing is for sure. Even if Nalin Kumar Kateel has not done anything worthwhile for his constituency and its people, he has surely done a lot to increase his personal wealth. I think now he can retire peacefully and enjoy his accumulated wealth.

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  • Haneef, West Africa

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Now a days in mangalore Loy of press meets, bjpee knows Hindu vote bank only the criteria to win the elections in mangalore or Udupi . And their voters doesn’t have cars . Nowhere in the world in 12 kms 2 tollbooths that too for unfinished and non maintained roads. Should be recorded in Guiness book. No political party interested .

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Threatening them and then extending the contract by the FIRE BRAND MP ?- threatening is to get more hafta and to fool public . FEKU master also did the same , allowed all MODI's to loot bank and run. now he is making drama of running behind them to catch them.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Nalin & Shobha will be shown the door in 2019 ...

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  • National Man, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    The contract was extended 4 days before Nalin gave the speech about shutting down the toll gate. Same sequence of events events occurred even last year when he promised to shutdown the tollgate within a month.

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  • Krishna, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Nalin's seat is assured in 2019 elections.
    These people are working hard to destroy his chances of winning.
    Nalin is sure to win whatever may be the media reports.

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  • GANESH, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018


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  • Bechha Belman, Bedra

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Krishna sir. Pageled Kana Kattodchiye

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    The job of an MP is to formulate policies at the center for which knowledge of English or Hindi is required, bring in investment, improve infrastructure and ensure that the quality of living improves.

    But yet, voters in D.K will get fooled about mandir, cow etc and blindly vote for BJP.

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Even if he is suspected, the party should not give him ticket for next election, we need our representative at the parliament who can speak either hindi or english and put up our concerns before the house.

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  • Desmond Nazareth, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    This is true not only of this toll gate but the various ones across the stat and the country . Contracts expire, and the local leaders as goons take over the booth and start collection charges .

    this is one way the government cheats the public i guess in all fairness its ok if the people too chat the government .....anyways we elected them through cheating only

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  • Stifler, Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    He's been elected twice...For what?
    Even this time bhakts would say we don't want this MP but we are voting NaMo ....!! What a pity

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    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    Remember what our fire-brand MP said some time back. He stated that once the time-period is over, the collection will stop. Don't ask any more questions as to when. Please vote for him. He is for cow protection you know. Some tall will go to maintain cows.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 8 2018

    I was suspecting him from day One ...

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