'Peaceful' protest planned against toll

Taxi and lorry associations will stage a protest at the first toll plaza set up before the Trumpet Bridge near Bangalore International Airport at 9 am on Monday.

On Sunday, the operation was smooth at toll plaza one, on Trumpet Bridge, when compared to transactions at toll plaza two at 537.6 km of NH 7.

Residents in the area and those living beyond toll plaza two staged a protest on Sunday.

However, no damage was caused to the property, said B Srinivasa, toll booth manager.

Though taxi drivers argued with toll gate operators, the situation remained normal. “Protests by residents cannot be avoided. They have a right to question, however, what needs to be noted is that we are only following the orders,” added Srinivasa.

The protest on Monday will not be violent and is aimed at not obstructing operations at the toll plaza, said K G Ravindra, vice-president of Bangalore Taxi Owners’ Association. 

“Associations of maxi cab, KSTDC, lorry owners and others will participate in the protest. We only want toll collection to be halted until the entire stretch of road from Mekhri Circle to BIA is repaired,” he said. 

It is the passengers heading towards the airport who will bear the brunt on Monday, as KSTDC, maxi cabs and others staging a protest constitute a large chunk of commercial vehicles in the City, he added.

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