Private buses crossed the toll plaza by breaking barriers at the Ladhowal toll plaza today. This happened when they were allegedly denied discount passes. These passes are normally issued to local residents commuting between Ludhiana and Phillaur. The toll plaza employees lodged a police complaint demanding action against the buses defying the toll rules of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
According to the toll barrier officials, some private transporters running buses from Ludhiana to other places had been demanding discount passes. The officials said that the discount passes were issued to residents of Ludhiana commuting between the city and Phillaur. Since private buses ply from Ludhiana to Phillaur and other nearby districts for commercial purposes, the drivers were denied discount passes.
According to the rules, buses can only get monthly general passes which are expensive than the routine discount passes issued to local residents. Today, the bus operators created huge drama at the toll barrier by parking their buses there. “When they were told that they will be allowed to pass only after they pay the toll, they rammed the toll barriers and broke around 10 of them. We also urged them to pay the toll fee, but they refused. They were also not having any FASTag,” said a toll official.
Ladhowal SHO Balwinder Singh said he received a complaint but the matter was being investigated by DCP (Law and Order), Ashwani Kapoor. “Preliminary probe suggested that buses were having FASTag. Owing to the delay in the scanning of the stickers in specific lanes, the buses were made to wait for several minutes, and the toll barrier staff asked the buses to pay the fee in cash. It enraged the bus drivers and they broke the toll barriers. Let the probe complete, only then will we get a clearer picture,” said the SHO.
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