STATE TIMES NEWSUDHAMPUR: Up in arms against NHAI, scores of NPP activists comprising senior leaders Sarpanchs/ Panchs/ Councillors staged massive protest and burnt effigy over newly established Toll Plaza at Sarore in Samba District as well as against the hike in the rates of Ban Toll plaza. While leading a protest at Slathia Chowk Udhampur, former MLA and Panthers Party President Balwant Singh Mankotia said that economy and business of the State is totally paralysed as it is completely depends upon tourism which is already affected after the abrogation of Article 370. “Now NHAI has installed new toll plaza whereas there are already three toll plazas in Jammu region on the highway, which is not only route of Pilgrims but also life line to the economy of the State, especially Jammu region,” Mankotia added. Criticising NHAI, Mankotia said that numbers of established toll plazas in Jammu region is big burden on the pilgrims and tourists as well as pinching the pocket of common man. Mankotia said that few months ago NPP had launched strong agitation against the hike in the charges of toll between Udhampur-Jammu but due to the lack of cooperation from others political & non political organisation of Jammu region, there has been no change in the rates yet. He said that it is completely unjustified and unfair that people has to pay three different taxes for travelling on same road. Mankotia also extended his full support to Bandh Call of Transport Union and said that it is the time to stand unitedly against the ill work policy of NHAI.
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