‘Illegal’ toll collection on Gadag Road, says Neeralakeri


KPCC media analyst PH Neeralakeri alleged that the Dharwad district administration and ministers were silent on the “illegal” collection of tolls on the Hubballi-Gadag section of the Ankola-Gooty national highway.

KPCC media analyst PH Neeralakeri alleged that the Dharwad district administration and ministers were silent on the “illegal” collection of tolls on the Hubballi-Gadag section of the Ankola-Gooty national highway.

KPCC media analyst PH Neeralakeri alleged that the Dharwad district administration and ministers were silent on the “illegal” collection of tolls on the Hubballi-Gadag section of the Ankola-Gooty National Highway (n ° 63) and set a deadline of 15 days to stop the collection of the toll.

Speaking to reporters in Hubballi, as well as Congress leader Rajat Ullagaddimath and others on Friday, Mr Neeralakeri said all norms relating to the start of toll collection on the national highway had been violated and that officials and ministers, both state and center, were silent about it. .

Taking an example from his own journey on the road section, during which he had to pay ₹175 for a journey of about 17 kilometers between villages, Mr. Neeralakeri wondered how the district administration could authorize the toll on the road, when there was no service. roads for the villages located all along the national road.

Mr. Neeralakeri said there were no service roads along the national road and those who needed to go to these villages were forced to pay a heavy toll.

“Not only that, North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC), which operates moffusil services on the road section, suddenly raised the bus fare up to ₹15 on a few sections because NWKRTC buses have to pay a toll on the stretch of road,” he said.

To a question, he said that according to the guidelines, toll collection could only begin after substantial work on the project had been completed. In this case, less than 50% of the work had been completed according to 2019 data and no other data was available on the project. Additionally, the concrete road had already developed cracks at several points, raising questions about the quality of the work done so far.

Mr Neeralakeri said the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad should immediately inspect the road, review the works and halt the collection of tolls within the next 15 days. Otherwise, Congress, along with residents of villages along the stretch of road, would be forced to resort to agitation, he said.

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