December 3, 2015
Members of the Kaniyur Tollgate Agitation Team have decided to postpone the scheduled protest from December 4 to an unannounced date as District Administration officials have agreed to consider their demands at the Tollgate review meeting here on Wednesday.
The residents have been for long protesting against the tollgate that was set up on the Avinashi Road near Kaniyur alleging that even the locals are forced to pay each time they crossed the tollgate.
C. Thangaraj, President of the Katchisara Farmers’ Association, said that there were around 20 Panchayats within a 20 km radius of the tollgate. “As many as 50,000 people reside there and they have to use the road regularly for travel. The tollgate has forced them to pay for each travel,” he said.
He added that the tollgate personnel were collecting Rs. 80 from the locals and there was not even a service road that the local people could use alternatively.
“We have been requesting the administration officials to provide free pass to the people of the locality,” he said.
He also added that a service road should be made exclusively for the local people to enable them cross without using the tollgate. He promised that they would continue the agitation if the administration did not heed to their demand.