Res­i­dents blink head­lights at plaza to op­pose toll

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: In or­der to protest against toll im­posed at var­i­ous en­try and exit points of the city, Thane com­muters have de­cided to flash the head­lights of their ve­hi­cles at all toll plazas from Fri­day.

Over two lakh peo­ple, in­clud­ing res­i­dents, NGOs and of­fice­go­ers have joined hands to op­pose the tax and have also taken to so­cial me­dia to spread the word. Sources said more than 500 ve­hi­cles blinked their head­lights at toll plazas on Fri­day.

They are de­mand­ing that the toll plazas be closed be­fore the up­com­ing civic polls.

The move­ment is sup­ported by over 50 hous­ing so­ci­eties, In­dian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Thane Cit­i­zens Foun­da­tion, Ro­tary and Lions club, in­dus­trial or­gan­i­sa­tions from Thane, Kalyan, Dom­bivli and Navi Mum­bai. Over 50,000 mem­bers of Hi­ranan­dani Es­tate Res­i­dent Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion are also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the protest.

Kas­ber Au­gus­tine, con­vener of Thane Cit­i­zens’ Foun­da­tion, said, “Most res­i­dents com­mute to Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai daily. They will have to pay toll at the en­try and exit points of all these cities.”

She added, “We de­mand that toll be abol­ished. We are cre­at­ing aware­ness through Face­book, Twit­ter and What­sApp. We have over two lakh peo­ple sup­port­ing this move­ment.”

Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, the BJP gov­ern­ment had as­sured that tolls at var­i­ous places across the states would no longer be levied. Au­gus­tine said, “The hous­ing so­ci­eties will put up posters and ban­ners. We have also dis­trib­uted over 20,000 stick­ers to mo­torists near the toll plaza, ap­peal­ing them to join the move­ment.”

PRAFUL GANGURDE

Res­i­dents dis­cuss their plan of ac­tion at Anand Na­gar toll naka on Fri­day.

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