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Hoshiarpur, (Global News) In a major reprieve to the people, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today announced to shut down three more toll plazas in the state thereby exposing the connivance of these plazas with the Akali-BJP alliance and Congress party to loot the people.

Interacting with the media after closing three toll plazas at Majari (SBS Nagar), Nangal Shaheedan and Mangarh (Hoshiarpur), the Chief Minister said that with the closing of these toll plazas, daily Rs 10.52 lakh of the general public will be saved. He said that these toll plazas should have been closed around ten years back as their term had expired but instead of closing them the erstwhile government connived with them to mint the money illegally. Bhagwant Mann said that it is unfortunate that the politicians of the state backstabbed the people for their vested interests.

The Chief Minister said that the previous governments of SAD-BJP alliance and Congress didn’t bother about the interests of the people and looted the state exchequer. He said that this is evident from the fact that the PWD Ministers of that including Partap Singh Bajwa (now leader of opposition) and Parminder Singh Dhindsa along with Sukhbir Singh Badal plundered the public money mercilessly. Bhagwant Mann said that the party which had chanted ‘Raaj Nahin Sewa’rather indulged in the service of the companies running the toll plazas.

The Chief Minister dared these leaders to explain why they had ditched the people of state for their personal interests. He said that under this project of Rs 123.64 crore Rajdeep Tollways company had to construct 104.96 kilometre long road, the agreement for which was inked by Bajwa on December 6, 2005. Bhagwant Mann said that the Captain government extended a largesse worth Rs 49.45 crore in form of subsidy to the company out of a total project of Rs 123.64 crore.

The Chief Minister said that the company had operated all the three toll plazas on March 6, 2007 before the formation of a new government. He said that the company had to complete the project of laying bitumen on road by March 5, 2013 which was accomplished on April 30, 2015 with a delay of 786 days. Bhagwant Mann said that for this delay the company could have been charged a fine of Rs 61.60 crore but instead of recovering this fine the SAD-BJP alliance government in a treacherous move waived it off.



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