Nagpur: A toll plaza at Mansar – a dusky town in Ramtek tehsil 16 km off Nagpur has become the bone of contention for Shiv Sena MP from Ramtek Krupal Tumane and ruling BJP leaders. Despite the Supreme Court’s order to shift toll plaza at Khawasa at Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border in order to keep the local commuters out of toll purview, illegal recovery of toll has been going on unabated by the contractor company Oriental Constructions Private Limited. Now Nagpur District Congress General Secretary Gajju Yadav has taken up the cudgels and decided to move Supreme Court against the said violation.
Talking to Nagpur Today, Gajju Yadav said that Oriental construction which has been working on Nagpur-Jabalpur highway has been indulging in illegal recovery of toll at this plaza for the last 4 years. He recalled that Ramtek MP Krupal Tumane hax assured during the last election that if voted to power, he would ensure shifting of the said toll plaza at the approved place. However the situation remains unchanged even after 3 years have passed since Tumane won the election. Not only Tumane, but many BJP leaders who had visited Ramtek in the past had promised to get the toll plaza shifted at the earliest. Many voters in Ramtek area are now feeling cheated, for the promises were not kept by the leaders.
Gajju Yadav has warned of stern agitation if the said toll plaza is not shifted within the given time frame. It may be mentioned that the then district collector Saurabh Rao had also passed instruction to the construction company to shift the toll plaza, however the directions fell on the deaf ears.
Yadav informed that as per the directives of Supreme Court the toll plaza was required to be shifted from 19.6 km to 26.6 km so that the local commuters are not required to pay. Similarly, the toll plaza on the road from Nagpur to Jabalpur was to be shifted from 703.700 km to 689 km on newly constructed four lane section.
Despite the said orders, the computers using Nagpur bypass are forced to shell out Rs 215 for a monthly pass. Moreover those not using bypass are also required to pay the toll.
On November 2 2013, the district collector had directed the sub divisional officer to transfer the toll plaza. A decision was unanimously taken that that old plaza would be shifted to the place opposite old Police Chowki in Mansar. However the decision is still awaiting its implementation even after 3 years have passed. Yadav has also alleged that the district Administration and superintendent of police have not followed the orders of Supreme Court properly.