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Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Sunday fulfilled the important demand of the people of his assembly constituency Dhuri. The government has announced the closure of two toll plazas on the Sangrur-Ludhiana main road. CM Bhagwant Mann himself had come to get the Ladda toll plaza closed. Both the toll plazas will be closed from midnight i.e. 12 noon on Sunday.
CM Mann said that the managers of these toll plazas were demanding an extension of 20 months or compensation of Rs 50 crore, citing the Corona call, but they turned down this demand and ordered to close them in public interest. Toll was introduced on September 5, 2015 for a period of seven years.
The toll is a gift from the then Akali government, whose candidate won the April 2015 by-election. He said that of course former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had promised that this toll would not be allowed to be installed but after winning the by-election his candidate took a U-turn and in September the same year the toll was made operational.
He said that for seven years people have spent huge amount out of their pockets while passing through these toll plazas. He said that the time period of these toll plazas will end by midnight of September 4. From Monday, these toll plazas will not be operational and people can pass without any toll fee.
He said that the state government was committed to the progress of the state and due to this, in the coming time, Tata Group would set up a big project near Ludhiana with a cost of Rs 2600 crore. He said that this is the biggest investment of Tata Steel after Jamshedpur and more major industrial projects would be set up in the state in the coming days.
CM Mann said that now companies are coming to the state for investment and doing MoU with Punjab. Whereas earlier such investors used to shy away from investing, as they were forced to settle with ruling families instead of the state government. He said that the day was not far when Punjab would once again become a leading state in every field.