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EKH DC orders ban on ‘illegal’ toll collection

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By Our Reporter

SHILLONG, May 15: East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner SC Sadhu has indefinitely prohibited unauthorised collection of tolls in the district and has issued strict warning against violators of the order.
According to the order, the prohibition was issued to prevent any law and order situation due to the illegal collection of tolls or any form of forcible collection at check gates or toll gates along the national highways, state highways, and major district roads within East Khasi Hills district.
“It has been brought to the notice of the undersigned that the plying of limestone export trucks from Umdud to Zero Point road, part of the route leading to Majai LCS, was stopped by the inhabitants of Majai. The exporters have agreed to voluntarily halt the plying of trucks till an amicable solution is arrived at between the two parties i.e., Dorbar Shnong of Majai and Syiem of Sohra. There is illegal collection of toll by the Syiem of Sohra from export truck that passes through Majai Land Custom Station at Rs. 400 per export truck, which may lead to law and order situation,” the order said.
It also said that the installation of such illegal toll gates, check gates, and barriers for forcible collection obstructs the seamless traffic flow, causes inconvenience to road users, and is also likely to attract road accidents.
The order also made it clear that the state government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards illegal collection of tolls or forcible collection from vehicles plying along the national highways, state highways and major roads in the district.

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