Protests against toll collection continue

Staff Reporter

Government urged to direct NICE to withdraw decision

‘Toll collection before project completion unfair’

NICE accused of taking land-losers for a ride

BANGALORE: Protests against toll collection for use of Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) roads continued on Saturday.

Meanwhile, there has been a demand from several quarters, including parties, for withdrawal of the toll.

Members of CPI (M) staged a demonstration on the peripheral road of the BMIC near Mysore Road toll-gate and sought the State Government’s intervention.

NICE has been cheating the land-losers from the beginning.

Earlier, it promised sites and employment to the land-losers, but the promised was not kept, the protesters alleged.

“It is unfair to collect toll on BMIC before the completion of the project. Instead of collecting toll, the company should construct service roads to all villages,” they said. The protesters blocked the road for a while and demanded that NICE stop collecting toll till the completion of the project. They also demanded that the highway be made toll-free for local people across peripheral roads and across the project.

CPI (M) secretary N. Venkatachala led the protest.

Activists of the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha took out a two-wheeler protest rally from Vidhana Soudha against the toll collection. Led by party president Vatal Nagaraj, activists on around 100 motorcycles reached the peripheral ring road near Kanakapura Road as a part of the rally.

The CPI has also expressed unhappiness over the toll collection. Party secretary M.D. Harigovinda, in a release, said that the company had started collecting toll without completing the project. The State Government should direct the company withdraw its decision, the release said.

No arrests

Meanwhile, the police have not made any arrests in connection with the attack on the toll collection booths of NICE on Friday. Around 150 men had attacked the booths near Chikkammanahalli and Electronic City.