Toll plaza construction firm workers face villagers’ wrath

Toll plaza construction firm workers face villagers’ wrath

Workers of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, during a protest against the toll plaza in Mannan. Gurbaxpuri

Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, April 2

Officials and workers of Seagull company, which is granted the contract under the toll-operate-transfer (TOT) mode, on Friday had to face the wrath of villagers when they came to resume the work of constructing the toll plaza at Mannan village on the Amritsar-Khemkaran National Highway. They had to return without starting the work.

Members of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab, had already been against the construction of the toll plaza here for the last about two years.

As the farmers’ body was busy in the Delhi morcha, the officials reached the spot to resume work today. As soon as the news reached the farmers of the area, they gathered on the spot and staged a dharna against its construction. Harjit Singh Mannan and Sukhbir Singh, leaders of the committee, led the protesters. Addressing a gathering, Harjit Singh said as the farmers and other mass organisations were already on the path of agitation against the three farm laws in Delhi, they would not allow the corporate sector to launch work anymore in the field. Harjit said the farmers’ body was opposing the construction of the toll plaza as it would put more financial burden on residents.

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