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Protest for removing Omalur toll plaza from its present location

Protest: Members of Tamil Nadu Youth Congress blocking Salem-Bangalore National Highway-7 near Salem urging the government to remove the toll plaza on Saturday.

Tamil Nadu Youth Congress members staged a road blockade at Omalur toll plaza on the Salem-Bangalore Four-Lane National Highway-7 urging the government to remove it from its present location with immediate effect.

The protest was led by Youth Congress state president M. Yuvaraja and attended by the cadre and frontline functionaries at the toll plaza near here on Saturday. The protestors blocked traffic for nearly 30 minutes asking the authorities to relocate the plaza from its present location.

Illegal

They said that it was illegal to have located the plaza near Salem Periyar University.

They said that the operators were fleecing the commuters and vehicle owners with exorbitant tariff since Omalur had already been emerged as a satellite township for Salem city.

They also pointed out that it was against the stipulations of the National Highways Authority of India, the plaza had been set up.

They urged the operators to close down the plaza immediately or else the agitations would continue in the days to come.

Talks held

Police and Revenue officials rushed to the place and held talks with them.

They also assured them that the issue would be taken to the appropriate forum for a solution.

Youth wing functionaries of Omlaur and others also spoke on the occasion.

Source: The Hindu: http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/28/stories/2010112852370300.htm

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