After snub, Lapang orders crackdown on illegal toll gates
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 21:35
  
Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang today ordered dismantling of all illegal toll and check gates in the state, less than a week after Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed concern over the issue.

"The administration has been asked to dismantle all illegal toll gates and check gates by March 15," Lapang told reporters here.

"Mrs Gandhi expressed concern over the issue. There are many extra gates in the Garo hills region where unknown groups set up check gates and disappear at the sight of security personnel," Lapang said.

He said legal gates also collect excess money from trucks and allow trucks to run with loads beyond the permissible limit.

"Special officers will be assigned to ensure there is no leakage of revenue and that the gates follow regulations. Erring personnel manning the legal toll gates will be brought to book," the chief minister said.

The move came after aggrieved truckers, under the banner of All North East Commercial Truck Owners and Operators Association, met the UPA chairperson during her visit to the state last weekend and apprised her of the illegal collection carried out by these check gates.

Slamming the state government for inaction, the truckers told Gandhi that about 29 such illegal gates have been set up on NH 62 in the coal-rich Garo hills region which illegally collect up to Rs 30,000 per truck per trip.

-PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 21:35


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