Fearing violent agitation by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) against toll collection, Dahisar toll naka saw very little traffic on Wednesday. Several travelers, who had to make it Bombay for urgent work, anticipated traffic jams and opted for public transport. Several shops near the toll naka remained closed.
The situation at Dahisar toll naka was tense in the morning, however, it things were brought under control by afternoon. “There were some issues at around 10 am, when some MNS party workers were approaching Dahisar toll naka. They were shooed off from the spot, and so the traffic is running normally,” said Anant Rane, Police Inspector at the Dahisar police station.
It was clearly visible that number of pliers kept themselves away from the road. “Yes, the traffic today has decreased and the reason is clearly the fear of MNS agitation. Many shops near the toll naka were closed and it was their decision,” added Rane.
Moin Mukhi, a charted accountant from Mira Road, opted to travel on his two-wheeler, instead of taking his car to avaoid traffic snarls. “I was scared to leave home, but as I have an important meeting in South Mumbai I've decided to travel by bike," said Mukhi.
Despite the inconvenience caused, Mukhi appreciated the MNS's fight. “The way of MNS agitation is wrong but points raised by them are totally in favour of the common man. The roads are not maintained,” Mukhi said.
The workers at the toll naka were also in fear as they have witnessed violence and attacks on the toll naka in the past . “It is very difficult for us to work on such days. But it's our duty. We don't think about it too much and keep ourselves busy with work,” said a toll naka staff, who did not wished to be named.
Roshan Rizvi is a correspondent with Iamin.in