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Truckers threaten indefinite strike in NH -62
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 30:
Published on 31 Jan. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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Truck Owners from Assam Friday threatened to go on an indefinite strike from February 7, if the Meghalaya government fails to dismantle unauthorised check gates along the NH - 62. The truck owners under the banner of the Goalpara District Truck Owners’ Association (GDTOA) have submitted a representation to Meghalaya governor R S Mooshahary and chief minister Donkupar Roy to immediately dismantle all the illegal check gates before February 6. We have informed the governor and chief minister of being forced to pay such an exorbitant amount to at least 22 illegal check gates in Meghalaya GDTOA President Habijur Rahman told reporters here. If the government refuses to dismantle these check gates, we have not other option but to go on an indefinite strike along the NH-62, he said. Each loaded truck plying through the 17 illegal check gates have to pay a total of Rs. 8000 and an empty truck have to pay Rs. 2000 each in five check gates. In a day, 2000 coal laden and empty trucks passes through Garo Hills. Money are collected at different points in unauthorised check gates like pollution testing centres, smoke testing centre MVI check gate, state forest gate, Garo Hills District Council forest gate, Road Management check gate, Medical and Health Care check gates to name a few. Earlier, some legislators of Meghalaya had raised the issue of illegal check gates with Chief Minister Donkupar Roy and submitted a memorandum last year urging him to dismantle the illegal check gates. They had even suggested that the state government to set up a single window clearance involving only departments which are legally authorized by law to collect tolls from the coal laden and empty trucks. It is shocking that the illegal check gates set up at various points are still operating despite their repeated request to the state government to dismantle it, the association said.

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