Imphal: State Shiv Sena Manipur unit has demand to convert Tongjei Maril as national highway and to depute more police highway patrol cars in order to bring better law and order situation and to avoid illegal taxes along the national highways.
State Shiv Sena Manipur Unit president M. Tombi told reporters here on Tuesday that extortion along the national highways is the core reason for frequent damage along the national highways.
He said transporters have been facing various problems along the national highways in connection with the illegal taxes. With paying different illegal taxes along the national highways transporters are not able to get earn profit on transportation of essential commodities.
Transporters started engaging heavy vehicles having 16 wheels with a capacity of carrying 45-60 tons. Such heavy transport trucks are not compatible to the highways and due to the reason frequent road damage occurred along the national highways, Tombi said.
He said the Tongjei Maril route that has been using since forefather has around 30 km shorter than the Imphal-Jiribam road that also do not have much connecting bridge.
“State Shiv Sena will submit a memorandum to union minister for Road Transport and Highways demanding to convert Tongjei Maril into national highway,” he said.
Shiv Sena had also submitted a memorandum to chairman, parliamentary standing committee on housing and urban affairs, Jagdambika Pal demanding various points including removal of AFSPA, 1958 from the whole state of Manipur on May 14, he said.
The memorandum included removal of AFSPA, 1958 from the entire Manipur. Uniform implementation of MLR and LR Act 1960 for the entire state and to put a National Highway Protection forces to both national highways of Manipur.