Bangalore, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

The logjam between NHAI and transport organisations like truckers and taxi drivers continued in Karnataka as a meeting called by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in presence of Union Surface Transport Minister Oscar Fernandes failed here today.

The meeting failed to come out with an amicable solution even as the agitation against hike in Toll on National Highway 7 leading to Kempegowda International Airport entered sixth day.

The situation is likely to continue till May 12 when another round of consultations will be held.

Following widespread criticism against the four-fold hike in the toll fees rates, that went up from Rs 30 to Rs 115 for the airport 32 km away from the city for cars, Mr Siddaramaiah convened the meeting with Fernandes at Vidhana Soudha, the State Secretariat, with PWD Minister Mahadevappa today present.

Talking to newspersons after the meeting, Mr Fernandes said a decision could not be taken today since he has to get details from the National Highway Authority of India and other departments. "Again we will be meeting on May 12 till then there is no possibility of withdrawing the hike," he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Lorry Owners Association President Shanmugapa announced that the agitation would be intensified but it will be held in a peaceful manner.

"The Centre should withdraw the hike and give no room for violence," he added.

Airport taxi drivers, lorry owners and others are agitating against the hike demanding immediate withdrawal.

Even Former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (S) supremo H D Deva Gooda jumped into the agitation by supporting the cab drivers.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)