Udupi: Sastan tollgate - MP insists on concession, meeting ends in impasse

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Feb 23: The district development and monitoring committee (DISHA) meeting organised at the zilla panchayat hall here on Monday February 22 to discuss various problems relating to national highways in the district ended in deadlock. MP Shobha Karandlaje, who presided over the meeting, insisted on extending toll concession for the vehicles of people living within a radius of five kilometres from the tollgate. Navayuga company officials stayed firm on not extending the said facility. The meeting therefore ended in stalemate.

Karandlaje instructed the officials to collect data about the vehicles owned by the people of five gram panchayats located near the tollgate and extend toll fee concession to them at the tollgate. On behalf of the district administration deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, said that the administration will help in collecting the details so that extending concession to ineligible vehicles can be avoided.

Navayuga firm

Ramakrishna, toll in-charge of Navayuga, said that the company will not be able to extend this concession as toll concession has already been extended for three years. "Every day about 40 percent vehicles are passing the tollgate without any charges. The company is running under loss. Moreover, taking such a decision is against the earlier decisions taken by the district administration and the state government," he stated and sought cooperation from all the concerned.

The MP warned the company that if the company is adamant on not giving concession as above, the police security extended to the tollgate may have to be withdrawn.

Office bearers of Rashtriya Heddari Horata Samithi who raised the topic at the meeting, stayed firm on extending concession as before without forcing the locals to buy passes. They said that as per law, no tollgate can be constructed within the local administration limits. They demanded to shift the gate elsewhere, duly pointing out that due to unscientific execution of highway, over 600 people have lost their lives. They therefore demanded to register first information report against the company concerned.

Toll at interior road

Services buses have to pay Rs 600 to 900 per day at the tollgate constructed at the interior road passing near the tollgate leading to Hejamady. Therefore 75 percent of bus trips run on this route have been withdrawn on account of losses, said Suresh Nayak Kuilady, secretary of Canara Bus Owners Association, and demanded to extend concession to private service buses.

Highway officials stated that the national highway between Malpe and Karavali bypass will be widened to 22 metres instead of 30 metres and proposal for three roads, Hebri-Hiriadka two-lane, Hiriadka-Parkala four-lane and Malpe-Karavali bypass road would be merged into one and fresh proposal would be sent.

The officials were instructed about fixing of prices for the land being acquired for national highway at Parkala. The meeting also decided to convene a meeting of locals and convince them to give up their land for highway widening.

MLAs Raghupathi Bhat and Lalaji R Mendon, zilla panchayat president Dinakar Babu, chief executive officer Dr Naveen Bhat, district superintendent of police Vishnuvardhan, and additional superintendent of police Kumar Chandra, were present.







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  • VM, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    These sort of protests will lead to nothing. People should not allow existing intercity or village roads to be converted to highways. Highways should be new roads meant only for interstate or inter-district transportation.Local people need not use them for their daily transport. In our districts the existing local roads have been converted to highway and given to private operators to develop and loot. The government brags about so many kilometers of highway developed per day. But finally these are not new roads but existing roads and locals have no alternatives but to use these so called transformed highway roads.

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  • shabeer, Udupi

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Mam .. Please talk about your twin district development. ignore other bluff.....

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    Shoba this is the time Show your Power, People please understand elected by you what this lady doing for the voters..? think what is next Same One Minute required or ...?

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Tue, Feb 23 2021

    She is keep on talking but the results are a big zero !!!! as all the things sold to the private sectors ! now only the RAIN and AIR left unsold !! In the future MODI will plan for the taxation or GSD on it and contract to be awarding to ADANI or aMBANI to make them worlds richest people on earth by the blood of general middle class and poor democratic people of INDIA. One request to the DK people ! please dont let her speak in HINDI or ENGLISH which damages the image of HIFI educational institutions in and around of DK

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