Congress to wave black flags to protest against Expressway toll
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Congress to wave black flags to protest against Expressway toll

March 1, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: The Congress party will hold a black flag demonstration on Mar. 11 to protest against what it called exorbitant toll levied on motorists using the Mysuru-Bengaluru 10-lane Access-Controlled Expressway (National Highway-275). Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Expressway in Maddur on Mar. 11.

Addressing a press conference at the Congress Office yesterday, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) Spokesperson M. Lakshmana said that it was deplorable that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) was collecting the toll even before the completion of the service roads and the bypasses.

“The toll rates have doubled and this will burden the common man. The NHAI must stop fleecing the public and it must start collecting the toll only after completing all the works,” he said.

“The toll fixed by the NHAI is not according to the rules. It is the highest in the country. We will resort to a silent protest on Mar. 11 waving black flags when the PM inaugurates the Expressway,” he said.

Orders from KPCC President

He said that he had received instructions from KPCC President D.K. Shivakumar to give a call to the Congress workers and the public to protest against the high toll rates. “The NHAI has announced a toll charge of Rs. 135 for 55 km of the road from Bengaluru to Nidaghatta. Going by this rate, the total toll from Bengaluru to Mysuru will be Rs. 300, the highest in India for such a distance, he said.

Claiming that the approval for widening the Expressway was given during the erstwhile rule of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre and Chief Minister Siddharamaiah-led regime in Karnataka in March 2014, Lakshmana said that if Congress was in power, the toll would have been ‘reasonable’.

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Lakshmana said that toll cannot be levied till the service roads are completed and scientific underpasses are constructed along the Expressway. “Now the Expressway is obstructing the smooth crossing over of villagers residing on either side of the road,” he said and demanded entry and exit points at Srirangapatna, Mandya, Maddur, Channapatna, Ramanagara and Bidadi.

City Congress President R. Murthy, Rural Congress President Dr. B.J. Vijayakumar and others were present at the press conference.

One more protest

Meanwhile, the Bidadi unit of the Congress party staged a protest near the Sheshagirihalli Toll Plaza on the Expressway yesterday and slammed the NHAI for incomplete road works and high toll.

The NHAI is planning to collect the toll without completing the service road works. The condition of the service roads is pathetic and the Congress will not allow them to collect fees till they complete the pending works, the agitators said.

Moreover, service roads are not available for ambulances to reach the Expressway from the towns during emergencies, they said, pointing out at the number of accidents that are taking place on the Expressway daily.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Congress to wave black flags to protest against Expressway toll”

  1. Kindari Jogi says:

    The toll rate is very high because, enough money is to be collected per year to share it with ministers and officials. The BJP is worried , it may n ot win the election, Hence, the hurry to introduce this toll so early before the highway completion.

  2. Aniyan Verghese says:

    This Highway should be named as Tipu Sultan Highway.
    Girish Karnad praised Tipu Sultan as a great ruler, which was a fact, as he provided able administration by picking a very able Dewan Purnaiah. He recognised merit where it was by this appointment. He was far ahead of his times, he first technology-adapting ruler when he used rockets as an offensive weapon. Hence, Girish Karnad admired him.
    By naming this Highway after Tipu Sultan ,who has become part of Mysore (the state until it became Karnataka) history, his contribution will be recognised. Girish Karnad was a well educated person with his contributions recognised all over the world. He is right about Tipu Sultan.
    Forget the idiotic tantrums of MPSimha,, who hates Tipu Sultan, as the BJP hates all Muslims -hence the excellent documentary by the BBC, about the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat under Narendra Modi’s watch as the CM.
    Tipu Sultan was part of the heritage of Karnataka, just like Waditars. The British hated him, because he would not bow to them.
    The BJP government in Karnataka will go, weighted by its massive corruption. Its administration is more corrupt than Congress.
    Siddaramaiah and Kumarswamy , both ex-CMs, should assure the naming of this Highway, after Tipu Sultan.


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