UDHAMPUR, May 19: Beopar Mandal Udhampur activists and general people from Udhampur town today held strong protest demonstration against National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), for recent hike in toll tax at Ban Toll Plaza between Jammu and Udhampur.
Amidst raising of slogans, the protesting people also torched an effigy of the Highway Authority. Jitender Vermani, president of Beopar Mandal Udhampur; Vijay Sharma, Sr vice president; Rahul Magotra, vice president; Kamal Gupta, general secretary; Naveen Kumar, secretary; Ankit Sanson and Umesh Mahajan were leading the protest at Bus Stand Udhampur.
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The Beopar Mandal activists were up in arms against NHAI Ban Toll Plaza Management for decision of increase in toll tax at Toll Plaza Ban, on Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar Highway. They alleged that for the last hardly two years, three times hike has been affected in toll tax at Ban which is highly unjustified and excess load on general public.
While addressing the gathering, Jitender Vermani, president Beopar Mandal, said that on the one hand State Governor announced to reduce the toll tax in Kashmir Division besides planning to abolish toll tax from the civilians but on the other hand, toll tax in Jammu region from Toll Plaza Ban Jammu has been increased to Rs 200 just for cars/jeeps etc.
Vermani further said that they welcome the announcement of Governor to abolish toll tax in Kashmir Division but the same should also be announced for Jammu region people.