OUR STAFF REPORTER Indore
About 25 BJP activists, including partys city chief Shankar Lalwani, were arrested while protesting against setting up of a toll naka on Bypass, late on Wednesday night.
Party activists in large num
bers assembled at the naka and shouted slogans against the National Highway Development Authority ( NHDA) that gave permission for setting up the naka. They said that collection of toll tax at this juncture was alt145 unjustifiedalt39and alt145 illegalalt39. ‘The four- lane road is to be made six- lane.
Though the work on the road is yet to begin, the NHDA has allowed the construction company to set up naka,’they said adding that it was wrong to recover tax from travellers much before the naka was set up.
‘During the tenure of NDA government, a fourlane road was constructed between Dewas and Rau. At that time, no toll naka was set up to collect tax. But this time, the NHDA is subjecting to unjustified recovery.’The BJP leaders said that the cost of construction of the road can be recovered in 12 years, yet the NHDA permitted the company to run the naka for 25 years.
The protestors tried to foil the bid of tax collection from the vehicles but police prevented them from doing so. When they went adamant, police arrested about 25 protestors including Lalwani and took them to jail.
Lare, police dispersed the crowd so as to let the construction company run the toll naka.
Earlier in the morning, activists of the BJP led by city president Shankar Lalwani submitted a memorandum to Divisional Commissioner Prabhat Parasar.