OMR residents urge CM to remove toll plaza at Navalur

The Hindu Bureau
OMR residents urge CM to remove toll plaza at Navalur

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Thursday, 8th June 2023
Page No. 4
Chennai Print Edition

The Federation of OMR Resident Associations (FOMRRA), representing over 150 residential welfare associations along the Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR), has written to Chief Minister M.K. Stalin urging him to direct officials to remove the toll plaza at Navalur.

The association representing over 3 lakh residents says, has made the request close on the heels of its demand to remove toll on OMR. The elected representatives of the DMK took part in one of its first protests in the year 2020, the association says.

Pointing out that the charges were steep and for a road length of just 7 km, motorists were being made to pay ₹5 per km, FOMRRA says the removal of the toll gate will enable ease of commuting in the area.

In 2021, the government closed four of the five toll plazas citing Chennai Metro Rail work. However, the toll plaza at Navalur continues to function, although residents were informed that this one too would be closed when Metro Rail work begins in the area.

At present, though construction has begun between Sholinganallur and Navalur and the width of the road has been reduced, collection of toll continues at Navalur, says Harsha Koda, co-founder of FOMRRA, in the letter to Mr. Stalin.

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