Shillong: The Meghalaya government is planning to set up an integrated check post in lieu of the multiple toll gates in the state in a bid to streamline revenue collection as well as check unscrupulous elements from operating illegal toll gates.
After chairing a high-level meeting on the issue, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said the government plans to do away with the multiple check gates.
"Instead we are planning to set up a single integrated check post on the entry point of the truckers," he said last night.
The administration in the districts have been instructed to dismantle all the illegal toll gates operating in the state.
"The district administrations have been asked to take immediate steps. Action will be taken against operators of such illegal toll gates as per law," he said adding the government was considering setting up a single integrated check point.
The meeting is understood to have been convened following a memorandum by the North East Truck Owners and Operators Association which alleged that "armed men" manning illegal check gates along the highways in Meghalaya were extorting money from coal-laden trucks.
"Illegal toll gates have started mushrooming and forcing the truckers to pay Rs 3,200 per truck per trip on NH 62. There are more than 29 such illegal toll gates manned by
armed people," the truckers body had said.