GURUGRAM: A day after the operator dug up a 350m road bypassing the
toll plaza, which was being used by thousands of residents living in the new sectors to avoid paying toll, around 500 residents staged a
on Wednesday demanding removal of the toll plaza and repair the road. Police have arrested three residents for rioting.
As the protesters blocked NH-8 around 10.30am, the highway witnessed snarls for more than one and a half hours. The protestors claimed that they had metalled the road, which linked
and NH-8, on their own as they were being forced to pay toll to commute from their homes to other parts of the city, which they termed as âunjustâ.
Police intervened after the protest took an ugly turn and arrested three protestors. A case was registered against them under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty), 283 (danger or obstruction in public way), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC at Kherki Daula police station. They are likely to be produced in court on Thursday.
The protestors said they will begin a hunger strike if the government doesnât fulfil their demands. They claimed that they pooled in Rs 3 lakh to construct the road, but the toll operator Millennium City Expressway Private Limited (
) dug it up the next day to avoid revenue loss.
Residents also said they have been protesting for the relocation of the toll plaza since 2016. âPeople are made to pay toll every time they step out of their homes here. We have expressed our protest and we will take this fight further,â said Yashesh Yadav, president, DXP Welfare Association.
Another protestor, Sameer Yadav, added: âThis toll plaza is not only a burden on pockets, but is affecting our health too due to vehicular pollution.â
Meanwhile, toll operator MCEPL said they have a contract to collect toll tax till 2023. âWe have the concession to collect fees till 2023. Every month, we are spending Rs 8 crore just for maintaining the expressway,â said S Raghuraman, CEO, MCEPL.
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