The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) has vowed to support the villagers near Makdoli toll plaza on the Rohtak-Panipat highway, and has announced to make the state 'toll-free', if they are voted to power.
Notably, the charging of Rs 105 from light vehicles as toll tax for one side on the recently started Sadbhavna toll plaza has been met with severe resentment from localities and opposition parties.
The youth wing of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has already given an ultimatum of four days, which matured on Tuesday, to the district administration to relax the tax, or face agitation.
Addressing the party workers here during a membership drive, AAP national executive member Navin Jaihind said: "There are three types of mafias active in Haryana. The first is the job recruitment mafia, the second is the land acquisition mafia, and third is the toll mafia." He alleged that chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was a shareholder with the toll operators, and received a fair amount in lieu of letting the operators 'loot openly'.
Meanwhile, the INLD demanded the shareholders' name be made public and be displayed on the Sadhbhavna toll plaza on the Rohtak-Panipat highway. Party youth leader Jitender Balhara threatened: "Toll plaza operators should not test the patience of the people; otherwise it may have to face the consequences similar to one's faced by Kolhapur toll plaza in Maharashtra."
Demanding toll-free movement for residents of Rohtak town and villages inside 20km radius of the plaza, the party said that toll operators should follow the guidelines of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and should relax the norms.
Activists of Toll Bachao Samiti said that they have gathered support of several social organisations and would hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the course of action.
IP Singh, manger of the toll plaza said: "According to new decision, private vehicles like car and jeep have been given an exemption from toll tax to travel within 5km radius, which include villages namely Makdoli Kalan, Makdoli Khurd, Chamaria, Brahamanwas and Basantpur".
He said light vehicles plying within 20km radius could avail Rs 215 monthly pass facility, while light vehicles outside the purview were entitled to avail monthly pass of Rs 3,475. "For government and private buses, there was a facility to avail a monthly pass for Rs 10,615," added Singh.