Mangaluru: BJP leader Krishna J Palemar held a press meet regarding the toll plaza at Suratkal, at Ocean Pearl here, on October 9.
The issue of making a toll plaza at Suratkal has been going on for many years but since the BJP was in power in the state, it did not allow it. When the UPA came to power, they exerted pressure for the set up of the toll plaza. Nagarika Samiti acting as agents of Moideen Bava in Suratkal Toll Plaza issue, he said.
The BJP was against it right from the beginning while recently, the Nagarika Samiti and Congress leader Moideen Bava held a joint protest on the issue. But their hidden agenda is that the toll plaza should be set up. The High Court cleared the case in favor of the toll plaza contractors and now, the Congress is shedding crocodile tears, he said.
He further said that the BJP always supports all issues that benefit the public but since the Nagarika Samiti protested together with the Congress, they did not support the protest.
When asked why the toll plaza charges different rates, corporator Tilakiraj replied that the rates are set after conducting a survey on the maintenance costs of the road and other aspects. He further said that it is not logical to say that a toll plaza can’t be set up at Suratkal since such plazas are set in the entire country and exceptions cannot be made in this regard. “What we are saying is that the plaza should not affect the people residing in its vicinity,” he added.
Palemar also said that Rs 24 crore has been sanctioned for a service road at Suratkal. He said, “This happened because of the BJP but now MLA Bava is giving credit for our work to Oscar Fernandes. The Congress did not do anything for the construction of the service road.”
Speaking on the blame that the BJP has been receiving over the Yettinahole project, Palemar said that Rs 2 crore had been sanctioned in the budget during BJP’s rule for a DPR on the project to know about its feasibility. “It was signed by Yeddyurappa and later by Sadananda Gowda. But, just because a DPR is signed, it does not mean that the project has received approval. After the DPR was completed, the project should have been put forth in the Assembly; the public should have been asked for their opinion on the project. So, it is not right to say that the BJP woke up to this project after two years.”
M Shankar Bhat, Tilakraj, Mahesh Murty Suratkal and others were also present.