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Rs 105 toll for 30-km journey - residents up in arms

There is resentment among the residents of villages located in the vicinity of Makodli toll plaza on Rohtak-Gohana road over high toll charges.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 11, 2014 19:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

There is resentment among the residents of villages located in the vicinity of Makodli toll plaza on Rohtak-Gohana road over high toll charges.

Owners of light vehicles have to pay Rs 105 for one-side journey between Rohtak and Gohana, which are 30km apart.

Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Mahra village, rued, "On Friday, when I went to my native village in a car, I was forced to pay Rs 155 for round trip, which doubled his journey expense".

Manoj Kumar, who works in a private firm here, said, "Scores of people from nearby villages, including from Makdoli, Brahmanwas, Jassia, Gillore, Rukhi, Mahra and Rabra have to travel daily on this route in their personal vehicles, which means they would be paying `155 daily."

Virender Singh Hooda, president of Toll Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, said, "According to National Highway Authority of India guidelines, toll plaza operators can't charge more than 65 paisa per km, but operators on Rohtak-Gohana road are charging the tax arbitrarily."

Attacking the government, he said, "Instead of making the common man's life easier, the state government is making it difficult in the times of inflation by letting toll operators 'loot' the public in the name of tax collection."

Sources said that ever since the toll plaza has started operations, not a day has passed without clashes between the area residents and toll plaza workers.

Meanwhile, district unit of Indian National Lok Dal has submitted a memorandum to Sadhbhavna Toll Plaza manager IP Singh at Makdoli village, demanding relaxation in cess for vehicles of residents of neighbouring villages. INLD leader Jitender Balhara said, "The distance between Rohtak and Jhajjar is 35km and toll tax on that route is `25 and the distance between Rohtak and Gohana is just 30 km, but, ironically, the toll tax here is `105 for one way travel."

The INLD leaders threatened to start an agitation in case the state government failed to solve the issue in four days. They also demanded waiver in toll tax for residents living within 20-km radius from the plaza.

Rohtak deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda said that he would try to address the issue. He said, "Though the state government has no say in it, as the rules of National Highway Authority of India remains the same throughout the country, but still, I would put my efforts to make it viable for Rohtak public."

Toll plazas too many

* Toll plaza at Dighal village on Rohtak-Jhajjar road functioning for last three months.
* Toll plaza at Sampla on Rohtak-Delhi road is about to become operational soon.

First Published: Jan 11, 2014 19:37 IST